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1 Massage Therapy

2 What is Massage Therapy?  “A relaxation technique that involves manipulating points in the body that are muscularly tense”  Goal of massage therapy  Who is it for?: –Anyone who wants a relaxing experience –Individuals in pain from injuries, etc. –Babies –And even…And even… Animals!

3 History  Shown in Egyptian tomb paintings  China – 2700 B.C.  Greeks & Romans  Swedish massage – Per Henrik Ling  WWI  “Massage Parlors”  Current uses

4 Massage Therapy Benefits  Improves circulation  Lowers blood pressure  Facilitates recovery  Treats chronic lower-back pain  Boosts immune-functioning  Decreases anxiety and depression  Increases endorphins  Increases mind-body awareness  Fosters peace of mind  Fosters mental alertness

5 Techniques  Effleurage – light or deep stroking of the muscle  Petrissage – squeezing or kneading a muscle  Friction – deep direct pressure  Cupping – a percussion movement with a cupped hand  Hacking – light “karate chops”

6 Common Types of Massage  The most popular include: –Swedish massageSwedish massage –Deep tissue massageDeep tissue massage –Sports massage –Chair massage

7 Some Additional Types…  Aromatherapy massage  Shiatsu Shiatsu  Reflexology Reflexology  Stone massage Stone massage

8 What to Expect:  The massage therapist will ask you for some background information.  Goal-setting  Attention to your comfort-level  Takes place on a comfortable, padded table  Peaceful environment  Use of lotion or oil  Usually about an hour  You are in control!

9 Getting the Most from Your Massage Session  Be receptive and open  Be on time to your appointment!  Don’t eat just before  Think about what to wear to the session  Give accurate information  Communicate with the therapist  Discuss any apprehensions  Make sure to breathe!  Drink extra water after your session  Give yourself some time for “re-entry”

10 Resources:  The American Massage Therapy Association: –http://www.amtamassage.orghttp://www.amtamassage.org –Learn more about massage, or locate a massage therapist  Florida School of Massage: –http://www.floridaschoolofmassage.comhttp://www.floridaschoolofmassage.com –$55/hour or $20/hour


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