2 What is Massage Therapy? “A relaxation technique that involves manipulating points in the body that are muscularly tense”Goal of massage therapyWho is it for?:Anyone who wants a relaxing experienceIndividuals in pain from injuries, etc.BabiesAnd even…Animals!
3 History Shown in Egyptian tomb paintings China – 2700 B.C. Greeks & RomansSwedish massage – Per Henrik LingWWI“Massage Parlors”Current uses
5 Techniques Effleurage – light or deep stroking of the muscle Petrissage – squeezing or kneading a muscleFriction – deep direct pressureCupping – a percussion movement with a cupped handHacking – light “karate chops”
6 Common Types of Massage The most popular include:Swedish massageDeep tissue massageSports massageChair massage
7 Some Additional Types… Aromatherapy massageShiatsuReflexologyStone massage
8 What to Expect:The massage therapist will ask you for some background information.Goal-settingAttention to your comfort-levelTakes place on a comfortable, padded tablePeaceful environmentUse of lotion or oilUsually about an hourYou are in control!
9 Getting the Most from Your Massage Session Be receptive and openBe on time to your appointment!Don’t eat just beforeThink about what to wear to the sessionGive accurate informationCommunicate with the therapistDiscuss any apprehensionsMake sure to breathe!Drink extra water after your sessionGive yourself some time for “re-entry”
10 Resources: The American Massage Therapy Association: Learn more about massage, or locate a massage therapistFlorida School of Massage:$55/hour or $20/hour