Massage therapy can be known as manual manipulation of the soft body tissues enhancing people’s health. Some of these soft tissues are the tendons, ligaments, connective tissues, and muscles. People seek massage therapy for reasons such as to reduce stress, relax muscles, headaches, sports injuries, digestive reasons among other reasons. For people with fractures, healing wounds, bleeding disorders among other medical conditions, massage therapy may not be advisable. There are different types of massage therapy which are the relaxation massage therapy which is mainly practiced in spas, resorts and other centers. There is also rehabilitative massage therapy which is practiced in places such as hospitals. Relaxation massage is also called the Swedish massage. Rehabilitative massage can also be called clinical massage or medical massage.
Unlike massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy uses firm pressure and slow strokes for reaching deepest muscle layers, tendons and also the connective tissues which surround the muscles, joints and bones known as fascia. It is usually used for chronic aches. It can also be used to break down muscle adhesions which could disrupt circulation and bring pain and inflammation. Specific techniques are applied after beginning the massage where light pressure is applied on the muscles to warm them up. These techniques include friction where some pressure is applied to the muscles, stripping where deep pressure is applied along the length of the muscles using thumbs, elbows, and arms.
Deep tissue therapy has many advantages since it mainly concentrates on specific problems such as immobility, recovery from injuries, postural problems, low back pains, and also injury rehabilitation. Deep tissue massage provides relief from stress which may be due to work or other tasks. However deep tissue massage can pose health risks for people with blood clot conditions. An example of a side effect which is caused by deep tissue massage therapy is bruising.
Reflexology is the application of pressure to specific points on the feet and hands with specific techniques. Reflexologists can relieve tension in the body by manipulating the areas on the foot. In reflexology the body is divided into ten vertical zones which are equal, five on the left and five on the right. As pressure is applied on the feet signals are transmitted to the nervous system which may stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals which can reduce stress or pain. Reflexology is used as a way of complementing other treatments for conditions like headaches, diabetes, kidney illnesses and cancer treatments.
Some of the benefits of reflexology include eliminating toxins, cleaning up the urinary tract conditions, speeding up recovery, stimulating nerve functions and also boosting circulation.