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12.3.1. Massage

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Massage therapy

Massage therapy uses many different techniques. In general, therapists press, rub, knead, or manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They most often use their hands and fingers, but may use their forearms, elbows, or feet.

Massage has been practiced for thousands of years. Today there are as many as 80 massage therapy styles. The most popular of these are the Swedish, the sports, the Thai, the deep tissue and the hot stone massage.

Some massage therapists use oils and lotions; others do not. Most massage therapists have clients unclothe for a massage, but some do not. A massage can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours.

The most common type of massage is the Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic strokes on topmost layers of muscles. 

Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff "trouble spots" in a patient’s body. Sports massage has been developed to help with muscle systems used for a particular sport. Sports massage uses a variety of approaches to help athletes in training -- before, during, or after sports events. It is useful because it promotes flexibility and helps prevent injuries. Or, it may help muscle strains, aiding healing after a sports injury. For hot stone massage the therapist places warmed stones on certain areas of the body, such as acupressure points. The stones may be used as massage tools or be temporarily left in place.











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