I’m giving busy people everywhere permission to schedule a personal massage. Why? Because I’m alarmed by how few people I know that have taken the time to indulge in a relaxing and therapeutic massage.
There are many reasons that you, no matter who you are, should be getting a massage regularly. One of the biggest and most obvious reasons that a massage should be a regular part of your life is because of how relaxing and stress relieving it is. We a all know that life is stressful and demanding. What you may not realize, however, is how much that stress affects your physical body. Massage is an amazing way to de-stress and unwind after a busy week. When life is stressful our muscles quickly reflect our stress by becoming tense and knotted up. A massage can release the tension in your muscles in no time.
A massage will not only relax your body, but it will also relax your mind. There is no value that can be given to having a mind that is relaxed and at peace even in the midst of a chaos and disaster filled world. Massage can be therapeutic for your mind and allow you to focus again on what is truly important. Wouldn’t you love to have an hour a week where your body and your mind were in a fully relaxed state? I promise you, a massage really is as good as it sounds.
There are many proven physical health benefits to getting a massage as well. Our bodies are constantly collecting harmful substances and toxins that are damaging to our health in many ways. One of the greatest benefits of a deep tissue massage is that it can help to release some of the harmful substances and toxins that have embedded themselves into our muscles. As the toxins are freed from our muscles we can flush them out of our bodies much easier simply by drinking a lot of water. The benefits of removing toxins from your body are nearly endless. Cancers and other serious health issues can be caused by a buildup of harmful toxins, so taking the time to get a deep tissue massage can be one of several ways to make your life healthier and longer.
I simply ask anyone reading this to find someplace to get a massage and give it a try. A quick glance through your phone book or a quick online search will help you find a variety of massage therapists who would be happy to relieve some of your stress. Make an appointment and see how your life will benefit from an hour a week. What could be better than something that is healthy and feels great? Get a massage today!
As more consumers turn to massage therapy for medical conditions and to relieve stress, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) wants to share some tips with the public to help them find a massage therapist who is trained and qualified.
Consumers should ask the following questions of a massage therapist before getting a massage:
- Are you licensed to practice massage?
- Are you a member of the American Massage Therapy Association?
- Where did you receive your massage therapy training?
- Are you Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork?
Trained massage therapists are happy to share their credentials with clients. AMTA professional members have demonstrated a level of skill and knowledge through education and/or testing and are required to meet continuing education standards to retain membership. Consumers can rest assured that their massage therapist has met minimum education and training standards if he or she is a member of AMTA. Although, we suggest a massage therapist that is a member of AMTA, there are many excellent massage therapists that are not members. Just be sure to view their credentials.
People today look to massage therapy for more than pampering. In fact, preliminary results from AMTAs annual consumer survey suggest consumers seek massage for medical conditions more than just because it feels good. And, other healthcare providers often refer their patients to massage therapists.
Recent research shows that massage provides relief for chronic low back pain, eases pain and muscle spasms following bypass surgery, and is effective in treating lymphedema, a condition common among mastectomy survivors.
Finding a qualified massage therapist is easy by using AMTAs free Find A Massage Therapist® national locator service. Simply click on Find a Massage Therapist, or call toll-free at 888-THE-AMTA (888-843-2682). A series of prompts will steer you through the process and will provide a list of member massage therapists you can contact in your area.
While the fact is that many of us now days do not know how to give a decent massage, it does not take much effort to give the gift of a good foot massage. After a long hard day of working on your feet, or even perhaps just a long day of mischief a foot rub can always hit the spot. Lets face it! If you were ignored, stuck in a large cotton enclosure incased in a year old leather and rubber composition all day you know you want some attention.
Ok. All kidding aside, lets dig into exactly what a foot massage is. The foot massage is usually connected with the idea of reflexology, which is a form of therapy that focuses pressure to the reflex points in the body in order to treat aches, pains, and discomforts. Yet, a good foot massage is in itself different than foot reflexology. Through reflexology you can help treat aches and pains at random. However, a good foot massage focuses much more specifically. Its goal is to relieve the tired foots discomfort and allow the receiver the ability to walk away feeling brand new.
A good foot massage requires more than just a good set of strong hands. To give a good foot massage you will need a few big towels and some foot lubricant. The lubricant will help tame those stubborn calluses and help relax the foot.
First, it is important to wash the foot. Feet seldom get the careful attention as hands do. Also, keep in mind many people have very ticklish feet, so precede with caution and avoid any sudden movement. Next, you may begin by using your thumbs to rub the sole of the recipients foot in small circles. From there you may work your way from the heel to the balls of the toes. Last, you will want to focus on each individual toe. Placing each toe in-between your index finger and thumb gently begin to rub each toe, stretching pulling gently as you go.
Almost all human beings are born with a sense of touch, a basic human instinct that allows us to reach out and feel another person. Touching is a universal action that conveys love and caring. Communicating with hands comes second nature to speaking with the use of our voice. Through certain gestures we can convey affirmative and healing messages. These simple hand gestures are blowing kisses, clapping our hands to show appreciation, giving someone a thumbs up, and so on.
However, there are more to grasp about our hands. Touch is the primary means of learning about the world throughout infancy. Research shows that touch is critical in a baby’s growth and development. Previous study showed that premature infants who received a series of 15-minute massage gained 47% more weight, and became more socially responsive than non-massaged premature infants. They were discharged from the hospital an average of six days earlier than other premature babies.
Supporters of touch therapy claim it can treat and cure a wide variety of illnesses, including heart failure, diabetes and infections. According to the theory, people who are ill have disturbed energy fields, and that by moving trained hands over the patient’s body, a touch therapist can detect misalignments and re-pattern energy fields to create energy balance.
Aside from touch, scientists have also recognized the benefits of massage in caring for infants and in promoting the unique bond between parent and child. There are innumerable medical facts that support the importance of touch and massage. Touch and massage therapy have a lot in common because they have a lot to do with motion of the hands over various parts of the infant’s or baby’s body. The technique involves a lot of touching, stroking, and massaging of body parts.
Massage therapy has been around for many centuries. Today it is known mostly for types of relaxation and comfort. Many years ago it was used as a cure for many ailments. Most people looked to massage for comfort rather than medicine alone. Doctors incorporated many forms of manipulation of the body to help comfort the body through disease and pain.
For an infant or baby, massage therapy has a lot to do with skin-to-skin contact. This could be something as simple as holding a baby to a naked chest, or holding an infant’s or baby’s hand when the baby is in a cubicle. Some massage therapists offer services of providing massage therapy to infants or babies in a critical or unstable condition.
The most wonderful thing about massage therapy is that it not only benefits the infant or baby, it also benefits the parents or caregivers. The baby sleeps better, grows faster, while the parents will get an extra few hours sleep each night. Not only will the baby or infant sleep better, massage therapy could eliminate colic, tummy aches, headaches, and even a stressful day at school or even fever. Seeing the benefits of massage therapy, it is no wonder that there are so many more parents who are open to the idea of using massage therapy for their infant or baby today, as compared to a decade ago.
While the benefits on infant health brought by mother’s massage are already firmly established, new research shows that a father’s touch is equally essential to a baby’s health and well-being. Health benefits for infants include fewer sleep problems, as well as strengthening and regulating the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems. Fathers also gain from the experience in performing infant massage.
It is important to note that this is not the same as manipulative treatments such as relaxation techniques. Massage and touch can reduce stress in some people and loving and caring another individual, not only babies can definitely have a calming effect.
The History of Massage Therapy
When scheduling your next San Diego massage therapy treatment at Glow MD Skin Care, or if youve never had a San Diego massage therapy treatment before, you might be wondering about how the practice of massage therapy began. Interestingly enough, one of the oldest healing arts we still practice today is the art of massage. There are Chinese records of massage therapy being utilized as far back as 3,000 years. Documented use of massage also goes back to the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians who applied forms of massage for a number of ailments. Hippocrates wrote papers suggesting the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, we now know that the benefits of massage therapy are both varying and are far-reaching. Massage therapy plays a part in many physical rehabilitation programs, and massage therapy has also proven itself to be beneficial for a number of chronic conditions including lower back pain, bursitis, fatigue, arthritis, high blood pressure, immunity suppression, infertility, diabetes, an aid to helping smokers stop smoking, and as an anti-depressant, and more. And, as many millions will confirm, massage helps relieve our stress and tension built throughout a typical work day which can lead to disease and illness.
What Is Massage Therapy?
Your San Diego massage therapy session from Glow MD, will include the application of various techniques to the human muscular structure and soft tissues of the body.
More specifically, massage is the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body. These techniques are generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. Several different techniques account for the many variations of massage.
Bodywork by definition is the application of various forms of touch therapies that may use movement, manipulation, and/or re-patterning to affect structural changes to the body.
Somatic simply means of the body. Numerous times the term somatic is used to indicate a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.
There are many more styles of bodywork and somatic therapies than those listed above, and many practitioners may utilize multiple techniques within one, one hour, appointment. The application of these techniques may include, and not limited to, stroking, kneading, compression, vibration, tapping, rocking, friction, and pressure applied to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the body. Techniques may also include passive, non-forceful or active movement, and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. Massage therapists will typically use oils, lotions, and sometimes powders that will help to reduce friction on the skin. .
Will my Insurance Cover Massage Therapy?
The services of a massage therapist may be covered by health insurance is prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Almost all types of therapies provided as part of a prescribed treatment by your physician or your registered physical therapist are often covered.
However, when we join the real world where the job takes over, girlfriend gossip gatherings become rare, and the boyfriend, who has now become the husband, doesnt have the time to rub your back, the stress adds up. The fact is, our youthful, relatively stress-free lives and bodies were not in need of fixing yet, and massage was a fun and pleasant pastime in those days.
As adults, massage is something that we not only desire, but oftentimes require as therapy. So, along with college graduation comes the massage graduation: leaving the amateur hands of friends and family behind in exchange for the trained and professional touch of the masseuse. A masseuse, trained in massage school, not only has the magical fingers that make for a good, productive massage, but also has the knowledge to make for a good, productive massage.
To reach the professional level, massage therapists go through intense courses to be certified. There are two main categories a future masseuse must consider when looking at massage schools. First is the choice of school itself. There are important factors that should be considered when choosing to study in general, but massage school takes special consideration, as it falls into the realm of therapy and, thus, healthcare. The second factor to consider is what the massage therapist will study once at massage school. Massage school helps the potential massage therapist specify and choose his path within the hundreds of existing massage techniques. If and when one is considering certification for massage therapy, take the time to decipher the options.
Finding the right environment is something that humans need from the womb on. The right niche continues to be just as important when, as adults, we choose our own paths and destinies. And thus, the environment of the massage school you will choose is no different. First of all, the ambiance and the location should suit your personality. If you can only fall asleep to the lull of a screaming Doppler-effecting ambulance and local party animals stumbling home at wee hours of the morning, you wont do well at a Vermont nature retreat location. Choose a setting that you will feel comfortable in. After all, we are happier, we are bound to be more productive.
The staff is another important factor to consider. The staff should consist of well trained teachers, with at least some years of clinical experience. While the staffs credentials are important, the schools credentials are just as important. Be sure that the schools certification will be well received and respected in the areas you hope to practice. In addition to having a good staff, there should be sufficient staff: the teacher/student ratio should be minimal. Be sure that the school offers the student ample practice, including training and experience on the field. Assess both the courses offered and the grading styles. If they fit with your likes and abilities (for example, you prefer more hands-on work rather than theory), that is a good sign.
The curriculum offered by a massage school will, even after youve chosen your school, prove to be of utmost importance. The curriculum and courses available will, essentially, lead you on your career path. Within massage therapy, there are over 200 techniques. Through your courses, you must decide which techniques appeal to you most, which make most sense, and which you will want to work with in the future. The techniques you will choose to specialize in will become your field, and not only you must feel comfortable with the choice, but you must make your patients feel comfortable when they are in your care. Thus, the curriculum, which can lead you from courses in Polarity Therapy to Hydrotherapy, is the labyrinth which, in the end, puts you on your path.
Massage therapy involves much more than giving a simple backrub. Training and education are needed to produce a capable and effective massage therapist. Massage is natures best method of healing for both the body and mind, but nature needs a good medium to work her charms. This medium is the massage therapist, and when well trained in a massage school of high caliber, the patient will be very pleased with natures charms.
Most Americans know that massage therapy can help relieve stress and pain, reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. And, more people than ever are trying massage for the first time.
Perhaps you received a gift certificate for massage. Maybe works been stressful, and youve thought about getting a massage to unwind. Or maybe youre already a fan of massage and want to try a different type of massage.
Whatever your reasons, there are some basic things you should know to get the most from your massage.
There are many terms for types of massage. The American Massage Therapy Association? (AMTA) designates the various methods as massage modalities. Ask your massage therapist what massage modality will give you the results you want.
The most popular include:
- Swedish massage: The most common type of massage, to relax and energize you.
- Deep tissue massage: For muscle damage from an injury, such as whiplash or back strain.
- Sports massage: To help prevent athletic injury, keep the body flexible and heal the body should injury occur.
- Chair massage: Massage of the upper body, while fully clothed and seated in a special portable chair.
Finding a qualified massage therapist is also important. Ask your massage therapist about his or her credentials. And remember, each massage and bodywork modality requires specialized training.
AMTA, which requires members meet education standards, recommends asking the following questions:
- Did you graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) or from an AMTA member school?
- Are you licensed or registered as a massage therapist in this state? Not all states license massage therapists.
- Are you a member of AMTA?
- Are you certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork?
- Do you have training in any specific massage modalities?
The web has become an excellent resource to help you find qualified, accredited massage therapists in your area.