What is Massage Therapy?
Also known as Natural Healing, Touch Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage and Body Works. Manipulating the superficial and deep tissue layers of muscle and connective tissue until a certain condition is removed or until a level of healing is achieved. There are many benefits to Massage Therapy that will be discussed below.
Is all Massage Therapy the same?
The short answer is No. Not only are there different types of Massage Therapy, there are different styles and levels of ability with each massage therapist. Most forms of massage are designed to bring relief from stress, pain relief, reduce effects of depression, enhance muscle function, aid in healing, and promote a sense of well being. Some different kinds of massage therapy are deep tissue massage, acupressure massage, barefoot deep tissue massage, medical massage, reflexology massage, hot stone massage, swedish massage, trigger point therapy.
WHY IS MASSAGE THERAPY BENEﬁCIAL?
Over time, stress, tension and even injuries cause our muscles to tense up, sometimes even being completely locked up. Failure to release these muscles and allow blood to flow through them can result in great discomfort and even injury. Massage Therapy can also reduce pain from injury. Deep tissue massage can actually help muscles to heal faster. Relief from anxiety is a big benefit of massage therapy. Many find that they feel less stressed and are better able to function with daily life with regular massage therapy. Routine massage therapy has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate. Many have been able to reduce sub clinical depression with regular massage therapy sessions.
Can my partner massage me and do the same thing?
No. Although much good can be accomplished with massaging those we love, a massage therapist is specially trained to find and fix problem muscles and other issues that result in pain and discomfort. There are various stretches that may help you benefit longer from your massage. Regular visits are usually preferred for long term benefits.
What can I expect during my visit to Terivik Hands ?
Massage Therapy offered by Terivik Hands is done in a Private Setting where you will be fully draped and in a Private Room.
What could be the result if you have Muscle Problems?
See the list on this page for some of the conditions linked to Muscle Problems. Many pains and ailments are a direct result of referred pain from a pulled or taut muscle.
Ways to Keep Yourself In Good Shape!
- Exercise | Find a hands-on form of exercise, even try ballroom dance or instructor-based Pilates.
- Insurance | Health insurers are slowly recognizing massage not just as a therapy for injury but also as a form of preventive care. Call yours to find out if they'll cover a session or reimburse you under your flexible spending account.
- Hug Someone | Yes, it really is that easy. "When you give a friend or family member a squeeze, you stimulate their pressure receptors as well as your own," says Field.
- Do It Yourself | Field recommends self-massage for areas that carry tension, such as the neck, shoulders, and lower back. You can also roll a tennis ball over any sore spots, like under your feet or between your wrists.
Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine
Conditions That May Respond Well to Massage Therapy
- Cold Hands and Feet
- Chronic Fatigue
- High Blood Pressure
- Lymphatic Circulation Issues
- Joint Aches
- Muscle Pain
- Muscle Stiffness
- Poor Flexibility
- Poor Posture
- Weak Immune System
Tiffany Field, PhD | Touch Research Institute
"Just adding massage makes such an incredible difference," Field said. "In everything we've done, massage is significantly effective. There's not a single condition we've looked at—including cancer—that hasn't responded positively to massage."
Dr. Andrew Weil | Leading Specialist of Integrative Medicine
"Massage therapy has been shown to relieve depression, especially in people who have chronic fatigue syndrome; other studies also suggest benefit for other populations."
"I have had many massages in the past and have been very pleased with the results. The location is very comfortable, clean and private. Following the massage, I always feel much more relaxed and fail to suffer from some of the previous aches and pains. I will continue to get the massages as I feel they are very beneficial to my health." | J.S. of Oak Ridge, TN