Massage Therapy – Wellness for the Whole Body
Ever wonder why having a massage therapy treatment is so relaxing? There are a variety of reasons, from the healing effect of touch to the physiological response of our minds and bodies relaxing. After receiving a massage, your blood pressure and breathing rates decrease, providing a much deeper sense of relaxation than many other types of medical therapies.
As part of alternative approaches to Western medicine to help people improve their health and wellbeing, we’ve realized that the whole person needs to be treated – including their physical, emotional and mental wellness. By considering the long history of massage that dates back to our most ancient
civilizations, we learn that massage therapy has long been used as medical treatment to reduce pain, heal illness and reduce stress and anxiety.
By providing a deeply relaxing experience on all fundamental levels, people who receive massage therapy feel benefits that last long after the treatment session. Many people even call it a cathartic experience, which is no surprise as deep tensions are released during each session.
On a physical level, the advantages of massage are endless – from promoting proper lymphatic drainage, helping your body to eliminate harmful toxins, to releasing trigger point tension to simply feeling better as you go about your daily activities, science is discovering what we’ve known to be true for generations – massage not only feels good, its good for you too. In Asian cultures, such as Thailand, regular full body massages by masseurs and masseuses can last up to two hours or more. They are seen as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. While in Western circles, we’ve gotten used to the idea to dealing with chronic aches and pains are part of life, it doesn’t have to be that way, and you don’t have to travel thousands of kilometers to gain the benefit!
Is this your first visit to a massage therapist?
If you’ve never had a full body massage, or if you’ve never been to a registered massage therapist, you are in for a treat! Massage therapy is actually an umbrella term that takes in a huge variety of treatments – from the ultimate in relaxing, long stroke techniques using aromatherapy oils, to deep tissue remedial massage to target problem areas. The beauty of massage as an alternative treatment is that it can be completely customized to each individual. Massage can even help in serious medical conditions such as:
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Irregular heartbeat
- High Blood Pressure
- Pregnancy complications
- Digestive problems
- Chronic Fatigue
- Anxiety attacks
- Fertility treatment
What type of treatment is best for me?
While selecting the type of treatment may be best done in consultation with your therapist, before your appointment, you may want to give some thought to what type of therapy you are looking for. Are you mainly concerned with relaxation or stress reduction? Then a hot-stone treatment or a traditional Swedish massage may be best for you. Are you very athletic and tend to have stiff muscles after a game or workout? Many find that a deep-tissue sports massage treatment can bring much needed relief and even improve athletic conditioning. If you have very specific goals, such as overcoming fertility problems or coping with an underlying illness, then your therapist may suggest specific treatments for you that will be both safe and effective.
Massage therapy can include a vast range of techniques, including:
Therapeutic Massage Sydney
At Back on Your Feet, we are happy to share our wealth of experience and range of alternative therapies to help you achieve ultimate health and wellness.