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After discovering that I had Hep C I began getting a massage every week. I became a massage therapist in 1995 so I could trade massage with other therapists. This therapy has helped me maintain my health through the ravaging effects of this disease. I continue to get a massage every other week and will continue to get a massage every week or two until I die. The benefits accumulate the more massage you receive.
Massage therapy has a long history in cultures around the world dating back to ancient times many thousands of years ago. It has been referenced in writings of ancient Egypt, China, India, Arabic Nations, Greece and Rome. Massage therapy research is limited, only due to the fact that there are subtle changes that occur in the body, and we are not yet able to measure the complete effects accurately. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates defined medicine as “the art of rubbing” indicating that initially the idea of “illness”, “disease”, “medicine” was based on common sense and what one did to make people feel better.
During the Renaissance, massage therapy became widely used in Europe. In the 1850’s two American physicians introduced Massage therapy into the United States after their studies in Sweden indicating the many benefits of Massage Therapy. Then in the 1930’s and 1940’s, the pharmaceutical companies became more powerful, and with scientific and technological advances in medical treatment, massage therapy fell out of favor in the United States. Interest in Massage Therapy was revived in the 1970’s, especially for use in athletics.
Although massage is also a luxurious treat, it is a key investment in your health! The benefits listed below are just some of the conditions that are helped by massage. Massage therapy is an accepted part of many physical therapy rehabilitation programs and has cumulative effects on the human body when utilized regularly.
Benefits of Massage Therapy:
- Removes toxins from the body and benefits are cumulative – this was one of the most important benefits that I received from getting a massage EVERY week
- Increases blood and lymph fluid circulation preventing stagnation of fluids in the body and improving absorption of nutrients and fluid flow within the body
- Relief of pain from arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis
- Increased Range of Motion
- Enhanced flexibility
- Increased relief from stress
- Lubricates joints
- Facilitates the ending of the “Spasm & Pain” cycle
- Flush out toxins
- Improves the immune response
- Stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin
I also have one atrophied kidney, so not only has massage therapy helped me maintain my health and keep my liver functioning, it also has benefited my kidney function. People use massage therapy for a variety of health-related purposes, including the relief of pain, rehabilitation of sports injuries, reduction of stress, increased relaxation, assist in the relief of anxiety and depression and to aid in general wellness.
Types of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy includes over 100 different modalities, some of which are not as well known as others. Here are a few of the better known massage techniques:
Swedish Massage – use of long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping.
Lymphatic Draináge Therapy – The lymph vessels parallel the blood vessels and remove toxins from the body that are too large to flow through the blood system. Movement of lymph fluid within the body assists with relief of blockages within the lymph capillaries that cause swelling and pain within the body. This is the one in which I currently specialize.
Sports Massage – a type of therapy focused on athletes and the many stresses they put on their bodies. It involves concentrating on increasing mobility and flexibility, relieving muscle soreness, and promoting a quick recovery from muscle overuse.
Deep Tissue Massage – this type of therapy focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. The movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. It is helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
Trigger Point Therapy – trigger points are defined as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. These nodules are believed to be small contraction knots, a common cause of pain, that can be reduced by compression of the point. Sometimes the points cause referred pain in other parts of the body.
Reflexology – the feet and hands each have 7500 nerve endings. Pressure on points in the feet, hands and sometimes the ears affect other parts of the body including the internal organs. 10-20 minutes reflexology can cause a person to get ill if they are full of toxins, and don’t drink enough water to flush them out of the body.
Chair Massage – this therapy is practiced while an individual is seated in a special type of chair. The individual getting the massage remains clothed and sits facing forward in the chair with platforms for arms and a face-cradle in which to rest the head.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy – a structural form of Massage Therapy where the therapist places their hands on “listening points” on the person’s body, communicating with the body and allowing the body to align itself within parameters set by the body of the person receiving the CST treatment.
Chakra Clearing – in traditional Indian medicine and spiritual science this is a technique for re-vitalizing the energies of the ‘subtle body’. It is not exactly clear what the subtle body is, but I think it probably includes the mental, emotional and etheric bodies. The Chakra’s are connections at specific ‘intensity points’ considered to be ‘loci’ of life energy, Prana, or Qi. Chakra clearing balances a person’s desires and material wants.
Reiki – is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. A treatment feels like an incredible, glowing radiance that flows through and around you.
This is just a few of the many types of massage therapy available to heal what ails you.
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