Read below to find out more about massage, indian head massage and sports massage.
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Benefits of Massage
Massage is one of the most natural ways to de-stress: it is recorded as one of the earliest forms of physical therapy and it is known that it was used by very different cultures over 3000 years ago.
The main purpose of massage is to help alleviate stress and tension that can build up in the body's soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments).
Massage can have a positive effect on some medical conditions such as muscular discomfort, headaches, insomnia and digestive disorders. It is common for regular massage to produce increased energy levels, improvement in flexibility of muscles and joints and an overall feeling of being more alert yet calm.
Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face, ears and energy balancing. It is based on the traditional form of head massage practised in India for over 1,000 years.
Indian Head massage is a wonderfully relaxing therapy. The massage is safe, simple and very effective, without the need to undress or use oils. It can provide relief from aches and pains, stress symptoms, insomnia, promote hair growth, soothe, comfort and rebalance your energy flow which gives you a deep sense of peace, calm and tranquillity.
Sports Massage is a special form of massage that is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The aim of sports massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, drain away fatigue, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility, relieve swelling and prevent injuries.
Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an elite athlete or an amateur jogger.
Benefits of Sports Massage
Sports massage uses specific massage techniques to promote efficient healing of injuries caused by sporting or other activities to the body's soft tissue. It is generally used in the maintenance of fitness, both pre and post event massage.The therapist will choose massage techniques according to the tissue damage present. (source: FHT website)
Massage, applied skilfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system. Received regularly, it may help athletes prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse. A constant build-up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves.
These muscle imbalances may develop and often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause the athlete discomfort or impede performance. The skilled massage therapist will be able to detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct techniques, help the sports person maintain a much healthier physical state.
It may therefore be reasonably claimed that one of the greatest benefits of sports massage is in helping prevent injury.
Contraindications for Sports Massage
There are times when sports massage could be detrimental rather than beneficial to you. If you currently have any of the following conditions, you should not have a sports massage. The contra indications to massage are:
A body temperature over 100°F, or feeling unwell.
Acute Traumas - Open wounds, recent bruising, muscle tears, sprained ligaments, contusions, chilblains, burns.
Tumours - Where there is swelling, which is inconsistent with recent bruising.
Diseased blood vessels - Varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis
Infectious skin disease - Bacterial infection, Fungal infection, Viral infections, Herpes
Where you react adversely to massage treatment
Where your symptoms appear to make advice from a doctor advisable
Diabetes - not strictly a contraindication but massage has the same effect as exercise on your blood sugar levels so you need to have appropriate medication available
If you don't have contraindications, you will be able to have a sports or indian head massage.
During the first session, a consultation takes place. The practitioner will record the client's relevant health and fitness details and the environment in which they live and work. A physical assessment is then carried out in order to observe postural alignment. This indicates to the practitioner which muscles require treatment.
In many cases, a course of 4 Sports Massage treatments can be recommended for the prevention and rapid recovery of injuries. Alternatively, sports massage can also be used as a relaxing and deeper form of massage. It is a treatment tailored to the individual's requirements and you don't have to be a top athlete to enjoy the benefits of a well-tuned body!
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Federation of Holistic Therapists
Indian Head Massage - BBC Wales
Combat Hair Loss with Indian Head Massage
Health Benefits of Massage Therapy
About Sports Massage - Bob Jones's site
Massage Therapy - Benefits of Massage