A set of techniques consisting in massaging or manipulating the soft tissues of entire areas of the body to promote general health, achieve specific physical benefits, relieve muscle-tendon pain, promote relaxation and/or improve sleep.
Massage, probably one of the most powerful therapeutic techniques existing on earth, is universal and effective in benefiting various conditions. Massage can act on:
– Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
– Rheumatic diseases (except acute phases)
– Neurological diseases both peripheral (paralysis, trophic disorders, spasticity) and central (stress, insomnia, psychic alterations, breakdown, etc.).
Also called “Cyriax friction massage”, it is a type of manipulation (transverse friction) useful in musculoskeletal disorders mainly involving ligaments, muscles and tendons. It allows treatment of slight muscle or tendon injuries aiming to restore or maintain elasticity.
This massage treatment acts on the connective tissue of the myofascial system to reduce scar tissue formation, make muscles more elastic and increase mobility. It is effective in the treatment of muscle stiffness and contractures.
Shiatsu massage is a Japanese acupressure technique aiming to bring well-being and balance back by increasing the knowledge and control of one’s body. It is performed using fingers, hands, elbows and knees pressing onto key points around the body to rebalance energy.
Massage technique of Asian origin based on pressing onto key points around the body to treat different physical and/or psychosomatic disorders.
Manipulation technique deeply acting on the deep layers of muscle tissues. Frictions and pressures loosen muscular knots thus restoring postural dysfunctions, relieving pain and alleviating compressed joints.
Solar plexus and cranial energy point massage to combat headaches, nausea, dizziness, toothache and stress from myotensive neck pain or states of anxiety, stress, panic attacks, nervousness.
It is characterized by different and precise manipulations (effleurage, rubbing, kneading, friction and percussion) differing in intensity. It is proven to be tension relieving, relaxing, invigorating and draining. It also acts on the blood flow and lymph drainage and it is useful in the prevention of fat and cellulitis.
Gradual body massage to stimulate its different parts, one at a time.
Tension relieving effect to combat stress, relieve tension from stress and anxiety, relax muscles, recover elasticity and calm the mind for intense and total relaxation.
Pre-event, post-event or recovery massage.
It reduces back pain
This is one of the most common reasons why people turn to massage. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that massage therapy was more effective at relieving back pain than other therapies by reducing the use of painkillers by 36%.
It combats and relieves headaches
Migraines are often triggered or worsened by stress and bad sleep or muscle tension due to poor posture or traumatic events (see whiplash). Massage therapy can help relieve headaches with effects that can last from 3 weeks to years after therapy.
It boosts recovery from surgery
Post-surgery rehabilitation is one of the most important aspects of any treatment. Massage helps you get back on your feet by increasing circulation, relaxing muscles and improving mobility and flexibility in your joints. It also promotes tissue regeneration and reduces post-surgery scar tissue formation and swelling.
It combats the symptoms of fibromyalgia
Massage helps relieve stress and muscle pain, discomfort and spasms in patients suffering from fibromyalgia. In fact, it is one of the most effective complementary treatments.
It lowers blood pressure
High blood pressure can cause stroke and heart attack. A study in the Biological Research for Nursing journal reported that in people who received at least three 10-minute back massage a week blood pressure lowered more than in those who spent the same amount of time simply relaxing.
It increases flexibility
Massage helps maintain flexibility and mobility by acting on muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments and by stimulating the production and retention of natural lubricants between connective tissue fibers.
It improves your mood
Massage relaxes and helps make you feel good mentally but it also helps treat anxiety and depression. According to a review by the Touch Research Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine, massage can lower the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, by up to 53% and increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones.