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What is Therapeutic Massage?

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Massage is the one of the simplest therapies known today. With our increasingly stressful lives massage is becoming a very popular treatment to induce relaxation and reduce stress. Massage may be carried out on it's own or as part as another treatment, such as Indian head massage, facial massage or incorporated into a manicure (hand massage).

History of Massage

The earliest known history of massage is associated with Ancient China, where healers used pressure techniques similar to those practised in modern Acupressure and Shiatsu. There is evidence of the evolution of massage in Europe over the last 2500 years, from Ancient Greece to the modern era. Much was written down during the 17th and 18th centuries when the terminology increased significantly and there was much debate about pressure, direction of motion, patient position, and so on.

What does a Massage Treatment involve?

Massage Treatments will vary, but in general a consultation will be taken prior to the treatment. The practitioner asks you a series of questions about how you are feeling and about your medical history and any medical conditions you have. This is an opportunity for the therapist to ensure that there are no reasons why it would not be advisable for you to have a massage that day and also if she should avoid or concentrate on any particular parts of the body.

This is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you might have about Massage, also to tailor-make the treatment to suit your needs. Assuming all is well, after the consultation the massage therapist will then proceed with the treatment.

Why choose massage?

The actual massage will vary according to the reason for the treatment and personal preference. For example, a deeply relaxing treatment may be requested immediately before bedtime, or a stimulating massage may be required prior to warm-up for a sporting event. Following the massage itself, the therapist may invite you to get up slowly when you feel ready to do so. It is good practice for the therapist to ensure that you are sufficiently alert to drive home or move onto their next task. The therapist might also invite feedback about the treatment, answer any questions, and encourage the client to drink a glass of water immediately afterwards.


By Dawn Heys
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