Massage is the treatment and practice of manipulation of the soft body tissues with physical, functional, i.e. mechanical, medical/therapeutic, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals. Massage involves acting and manipulating the patient's body with pressure (structured, unstructured, stationary, and/or moving), tension, motion, or vibration done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, and/or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet. Massage can be performed by a professional Massage Practitioner, or by other health care professionals, such as chiropractors, osteopath, Athletic trainers, and/or physical therapists. Contraindications to massage include, deep vein thrombosis, bleeding disorders or taking blood thinners such as Warfarin, damaged blood vessels, weakened bones from cancer, osteoporosis, or fractures, and fever.
Myofascial Release is a form of bodywork and manual massage techniques for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, integument, muscles, and bones are mainly applied; with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and balancing the body. The fascia is manipulated, directly or indirectly, allowing the connective tissue fibers to reorganize themselves in a more flexible, functional fashion.
Fascia is located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone, it is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures in our body. Muscle and fascia are united forming the myofascia system. Injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia. The goal of myofascial release is to release fascia restriction and restore its tissue health.
Acupressure (a blend
of "acupuncture" and "pressure") is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique derived from acupuncture. In acupressure physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points by the hand, elbow, or with various devices. Acupressure Points Chart
Glossary of Massage Terms
Acupressure (also called Shiatsu) - traditional Chinese technique of applying finger pressure to special points that lie along acupuncture meridians.
Chair Massage - see "On-site Massage."
Cranio-Sacral®- a gentle touch method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the central nervous systems.
- a technique that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grains of muscles, tendons and fascia.
- a smooth, gliding stroke, generally used in a Swedish massage, using both hands to relax soft tissue.
Friction - the deepest of Swedish massage strokes, it encompasses deep, circular movements applied to soft tissue causing the underlying layers of tissue to rub against each other. This causes an increase in blood flow to the massaged area and can breakdown scar tissue.
Massage - a manual soft tissue manipulation, and includes holding, causing movement, and/or applying pressure to the body.
Massage Modality or Technique - a kind of massage, such as Swedish, deep tissue or myofascial release.
Massage Therapy - a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client.
Meridians - the invisible channels of energy flow in the body according to Asian medical systems.
Myofascial Release - a form of bodywork using long stretching strokes that seeks to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascia/connective tissue.
(often called chair massage) - a type of massage administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially-designed chair. It allows the massage therapist to massage the muscles of the back, neck, shoulders, arms and hands.
Petrissage (also called kneading) - the squeezing, rolling and kneading of the muscles that usually follows effleurage during Swedish massage.
Reflexology - a technique that uses pressure to points on the feet, hands and ears thought to correspond, or "reflex," to all areas of the body.
Shiatsu (also called acupressure) - a Japanese system of applying finger pressure to specific points that lie along specific meridians.
Sports Massage - a kind of massage therapy that focuses on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport. It involves different massage approaches while an athlete is in training, during sports activity and after a sport event.
Swedish Massage - a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. The four strokes of Swedish massage are effleurage, petrissage, friction and tapotement.
Tapotement - a Swedish massage technique executed with cupped hands, fingers or the edge of the hand with short, alternating taps to the client.
Thai Massage - a technique in which the therapist uses his or her body to move the massage recipient into a series of poses, and includes muscle compression, joint mobilization and acupressure.
Trigger Point - irritated area in muscle fibers that when compressed may elicit pain or a twitching response.
Trigger Point Therapy (also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy) - a method that applies concentrated finger pressure to trigger points to break cycles of spasm and pain.
Tui Na - a traditional Chinese technique that stimulates acupuncture points by brushing, kneading, or rolling and pressing areas between joints.
American Massage Therapy Association
10 Tips to Get the Most From Your Massage
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- Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.
- Don t eat just before a massage session. Let your body digest your meal first.
- Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.
- Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. If you don t want to remove your clothing, wear clothing that will be comfortable during the massage and will allow the massage therapist to touch and move the areas of your body you expect will need to be massaged.Privacy - The therapist will either leave the room or otherwise provide privacy while you undress. A sheet or towel is provided for draping during the massage and the therapist will uncover only the part of your body being massaged, ensuring that modesty is respected at all times. After the massage is finished, you will be provided with privacy while dressing
- Communicate with your massage therapist.
- Before the session, give accurate health information and let the massage therapist know your expectations and reasons for the massage.
- Allergies to Oils, Lotions, and Powders The therapist may use oil, lotion or powders to reduce friction on your skin. If you are allergic to any oils, lotions or powders, tell your massage therapist, who can choose a substitute.
- Some massage therapists play recorded music during the massage session. Others find music distracting. If it s provided, let your massage therapist know if you have any music preferences or if you would prefer they turn off the music.
- Some people like to talk during a massage, while others remain silent. Tell your massage therapist what you prefer.
- During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it s from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment, e.g., room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc.
- Give feedback to the massage therapist during the massage on the amount of pressure, speed of hand movement, etc. If anything happens that you dislike or seems improper, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop. If necessary, you also have the right to end the session.
- Don t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It s important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. Your massage therapist is a professional dedicated to do his or her best to help you feel at ease.
- Remember to breathe normally. Breathing helps facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged.
- Relax your muscles and your mind. Tightening up by contracting or hardening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. Let your massage therapist know this is happening. They may need to adjust the massage technique they use and may also be able to help you relax the affected area. If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more body-centered and to quiet your mind is to follow the hands of the massage therapist and focus on how the touch feels.
- Drink extra water after your massage.
- Don t get up too quickly and do allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session. If you re dizzy or light headed after the massage, do not get off the table too fast. It also may take a little time to integrate or absorb the results of the massage session.
- Be prepared to schedule several massage sessions. Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. If you re getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed.
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