Massage therapy can also be referred to as manual manipulation of the soft body tissues enhancing people’s health. These soft tissues include the tendons, ligaments, connective tissues, and muscles. People look for massage therapy for reasons like to reduce stress, relax muscles, headaches, sports injuries, digestive reasons among other reasons. Massage therapy may not be advisable for people with fractures, healing wounds, bleeding disorders among other medical conditions. Massage therapy can be grouped into two main types which are the relaxation massage therapy which is mainly practiced in spas, resorts and other centers. Also there is the rehabilitative massage therapy mainly practiced in areas like clinics and hospitals. Relaxation massage is also called the Swedish massage. Rehabilitative massage is also clinical massage or medical massage.
Deep tissue massage therapy is a type of massage therapy which uses firm pressure and slow strokes for reaching deepest muscle layers, tendons and also the connective tissues which surround the muscles, joints and bones known as fascia. Deep tissue massage therapy is mainly used for aches which prove to be chronic. It can also be used to break down muscle adhesions which could disrupt circulation and bring pain and inflammation. At the beginning light pressure is applied on the muscles to warm them up then some specific techniques are then applied. These are the friction where some pressure is applied to the muscles, stripping where deep pressure is applied along the length of the muscles using thumbs, elbows, and arms.
Deep tissue therapy has many merits since it mainly concentrates on specific problems such as immobility, recovery from injuries, postural problems, low back pains, and also injury rehabilitation. It provides relief from stress which may arrive from work or other tasks. However deep tissue massage can pose health risks for people with blood clot conditions. Deep tissue massage has some side effects such as bruising.
Reflexology can be said to be the application of pressure to specific points on the feet and hands with specific techniques. Reflexologists can relieve tension in the body by manipulating the areas on the foot. They divide the body into ten vertical zones which are equal, five on each side. Pressure applied on the feet may transmit signals to the nervous system which may stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals which can reduce stress or pain. Reflexology is used as a way of complementing other treatments for conditions like headaches, diabetes, kidney illnesses and cancer treatments.
Merits of reflexology include eliminating toxins, cleaning up the urinary tract conditions, speeding up recovery, stimulating nerve functions and also boosting circulation.