All About Massage Therapy

All About Massage Therapy

Massage is the manipulation of the bodies soft tissues, (Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments and Fascia). Massage therapy is beneficial for reducing psychological and physiological stress, and stimulation and rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system. Additionally, massage improves the function of other important systems of the body, such as the circulatory, nervous and digestive systems.


Massage Therapy


History of Massage

Massage can be traced back to 3000BC where it originated in ancient China. However, Japan and India have also used varying styles of massage to promote overall health, well-being and relaxation for thousands of years. In Europe, ancient Greeks used massage as an integral part of their daily exercise routines, and the Romans used massage to socialize and conduct business meetings in roman baths. Modern massage, commonly known as "Swedish massage", is based on the techniques developed by Per Henrik Ling, a physiologist from Sweden.


Massage Techniques

Massage therapy uses a combination of techniques that are designed to manipulate the bodies soft tissues for local or global benefits. The techniques used range from light stroking to deep frictions depending on the objective of the treatment. Many of the techniques such as effleurage, pettrissage and percussion are based on the principles of Swedish massage. However, additional modern techniques such as trigger point therapy and myofascial release are also used today by many therapists.


Benefits of Massage

Massage has been at the center of healthcare around the world for thousands of years. Unfortunately, however, over the last 100 years or so, this has began to change. Massage and other hands on therapies no longer feature at the center of modern healthcare systems, particularly in the western world. Modern healthcare favors pharmaceutical medication and other therapies that can be backed by conclusive evidence. Unfortunately, it's difficult to prove the benefits of massage, particularly because many of the benefits cannot be quantitatively measured. Despite this, massage still plays an important role as an alternative or complimentary therapy in many private healthcare practices around the world.


List of Massage Benefits

Stress - It is documented that 75% of diseases are related to stress. Massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and can therefore reduce psychological stress.


Stimulating - Massage can stimulate and activate many systems of the body and therefore improve circulation, digestion, tissue regeneration and neural communication.

Circulation - Massage improves the circulation of blood, improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrients. It also improves the removal of waste products that remain after tissue damage or inflammation.

Lymphatics - The lymphatic system benefits from the mechanical pumping effects of massage, excellerating the removal of waste material that cannot be removed by the circulatory system.

Scar Tissue - Scar tissue can be the result of injury or damage to soft tissues. Friction techniques can break down fibrous adhesions so they can be filtered and removed by the lymphatic system.

Tissue Flexibility - Massage can manipulate and stretch muscle fibers allowing them to slide freely against each other, ultimately allowing for greater freedom of movement and preventing restriction.

Breathing - Massage can improve the mechanics of breathing by improving the function of muscles that are directly and indirectly involved in respiration.

Joints - Massage can improve the function of joints by ensuring optimal mobility of the muscles that have a direct impact on joint centration or congruency.

Injury - Massage can help reduce the risk of injury by increasing mobility of the musculoskeletal system. Therefore, preventing the need for the body to compensate.


Contraindications of Massage

Massage therapy is a safe, non-invasive and natural form of treatment this is considered safe for most people. However, there are certain contraindications to massage that need careful consideration for some people. Contraindications usually fall into two categories. Those that prevent treatment, and those that require consent from a GP or other healthcare professional.


Examples of contraindications that prevent treatment

Diarrhoea & Vommiting
Swelling & Inflammation
Skin Diseases
Cuts & Bruises
Varicose Veins
Alcohol & Drugs


Examples of contraindications that may require consent

kidney infections


Different Types of Massage Therapy

There are many different types of massage therapy that are used all over the world. Some traditional choices of massage include, Swedish massage, Thia massage, Shiatsu massage and Aromatherapy massage. Other modern types of massage include, Sports massage, Deep Tissue massage, Trigger Point massage and Myofascial release.


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Clinic Information

Healthy Bodies Clinic is a specialist musculoskeletal therapy clinic in the heart of Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. Specializing in Sports Therapy, Sports Massage Therapy, Clinical Massage Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage and Corrective Exercise. Treatments are beneficial for anybody seeking rehabilitation for pain, injury and dysfunction of the bodies muscles, bones and joints.

The clinic is owned by Mark Hutton, a fully qualified practitioner who works with people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. He has a genuine interest in the human body and helping people to reach their goals.