People go to massage clinics and spas to relax. Massage therapy in its various forms and techniques improves blood circulation and muscular flexibility, relieves muscle tension and pain, and helps in excreting wastes from our body.
And because massage therapy is relaxing, it should not hurt the body. There are times, however, when there might be a mild ache or sore feeling during or after a massage session because deeper pressure is applied over muscle knots or pressure points. But if you experience a really uncomfortable pain, you need to inform the massage therapist because something might be wrong.
High degree of pain during or after a massage treatment is causes by inappropriate type of massage or improper massage techniques. This is why it is important to choose licensed massage therapists only. Improper massage therapy brings adverse effects to the body. Some of the dangers include skin bruising, swelling, muscle and bone fractures, nerve damage, and even organ damage.
Massage therapists can either make or break us — literally. Proper caution should be practiced when choosing the massage therapist. We should choose a massage therapist with ample experience in the field and who constantly updates himself or herself to the latest updates in the field of massage therapy.
If you are planning to go to a massage therapy clinic on a regular basis, it is advisable that you know the basic techniques that massage therapists normally employ. Some of the techniques that they use include circling, stroking, friction rub, kneading, pummeling, raking, pressing, thumbing, knuckling, and stretching. By combining these techniques, a professional massage therapist can come up with over forty types of massage therapy including Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Geriatric Massage, and Crania-Sacral Therapy among many others.
To be on the safe side, try observing whether your massage therapist use the following techniques when massaging your body. These are the proper massage techniques that massage therapists should follow:
- No heavy downward pressure on bony areas such as spine, ribs, shoulders, elbows, knees, kidneys, and abdomen.
- Back should be flat as the massage therapist bend forward, shoulders should not be hunched, and spine and neck should be lengthened.
Remember that massage therapists cannot tell how you feel. Only you can do that. Inform your massage therapist immediately if you feel that something is not right. Otherwise, your massage therapist will just assume that nothing is wrong and carry on with the treatment.
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