Massage Therapy is the assessment and treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, fascia) and joints of the body. Massage Therapy improves health by promoting circulation, normal movement and alignment of the body.
Massage Therapy has been shown to decrease pain, improve movement of joints and soft tissues of the body, enhance circulation of blood and lymph, promote a sense of relaxation and well being, and improve quality of sleep. Reduction of anxiety and depression have been noted as being among Massage Therapy's greatest effects.
Traditional Massage Therapy (or General Swedish Massage) involves compression, stretching, kneading of soft tissues, and gentle mobilization of the joints, often with a relaxation-oriented focus. Therapeutic Massage uses the techniques listed above, but may include sub-modalities of massage therapy such as muscle energy, myofascial release, and cranio-sacral therapy.
Massage Therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from mild aches and pains to more complex health problems. Below is a list of conditions commonly treated using Massage Therapy.