Who doesn’t love a good massage? Time to relax, unwind, and let someone else rub all the tension and stress away. While massage is extremely relaxing and can ease tired muscles, its benefits are not just physical. Benefits can include; lowered stress, relaxed sore muscles, increased circulation, and boosted immune function (Southwest Institute of Healing Arts). Massage therapy is good for one’s overall health and can be beneficial for all ages. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage can be effective for a
number of different types of conditions including migraines, hypertension and even anxiety.
There are different types of massage but the four most common types are:
- Swedish: The most common type of massage, to relax and energize you.
- Deep tissue: For muscle damage from an injury, such as whiplash or back strain.
- Sports: To help prevent athletic injury, keep the body flexible and help recovery.
- Chair: Massage of the upper body, while fully clothed and seated in a special portable chair.
Massage therapy sessions vary in length and should be a relaxing, enjoyable experience. Open communication with your therapist should begin prior to your session with questions pertaining to any problem areas of concern. Questions pertaining to any medical problems you have that could impact your massage should also be addressed. Once the massage begins the therapist should ensure the pressure being utilized is adequate and that you are not in pain at anytime throughout the session. Therapists cannot read your mind, speak up if you are uncomfortable.
Finding a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in your area is as easy as visiting the AMTA website at https://www.amtamassage.org/. Registered Massage Therapists are trained and licensed in their state and have been educated at one of the many schools across the nation in specific techniques to hone their skills to provide the best experience for their clients.
Massage therapy is not for everyone and should not be used in place of seeking proper medical care. You should discuss any concerns you may have about massage therapy with your doctor prior to a massage appointment.
~Tiffany Bodge is a military spouse and the Director of Public Relations and Communications for Military Spouses of Strength
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). (2015). https://www.amtamassage.org/index.html.
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. (2015). https://swiha.edu/7-health-benefits-of-massage/.