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Are There Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy

Aug 17, 2008
Therapeutic massage has been carried out for thousands of years by all the civilizations and now the benefits are even more enhanced as you can be sure of the quality of the massage you're getting. That is because we now have licensed massage therapists who embark upon massage therapy degrees or other similar courses at massage therapy schools or massage therapy colleges.

Massage therapy schools are widespread and the long or short term study at such a massage therapy school has become a common approach for becoming a licensed massage therapist and embarking upon an exciting career in the many massage therapy jobs now available. Further training at massage therapist school can enable you to specialize in reflexology massage, hand massage, acupressure, sports massage and other forms of therapeutic massage.

There are huge mental and physical benefits of therapeutic massage, for both the clients and massage therapists. Therapeutic massage can be used for treating many ailments. Massaging is generally done on the face, arms, legs, forearms, shoulders and nerve endpoints. Therapeutic massage is generally done by hands, legs and other mechanical devices along with some herbal medicines or oils and a massage school course will teach you many techniques.

These massage techniques which are all widely taught at massage therapy colleges and massage therapy school can be classified as Swedish massage, Aroma therapy, Reflexology, Hot stone technique, Shiatsu, Watsu, Thai massage, Deep tissue massage, Ayurvedic massage etc. There are various mental benefits of massaging and they can be ascertained by the massage practiced.

Massage schools will tech you how massage is used for lowering tension, anxiety, depression, and strain. It improves the alertness, concentration, optimism, emotional responses, awareness, calmness, creativity and peace of mind of people receiving the therapeutic massage. The massage also instills a feeling of well being and induces self confidence. It also helps in removing the addictions for smoking, alcoholism, tobacco consumption and certain medicines.

Acupressure is a Chinese massage which helps in increasing concentration, memory, clear judgment etc. Swedish massage on the other hand helps in relaxing the mind, improves circulation of blood to all parts of the brain, thereby revitalizing and energizing the body. This creates a sense of well being. It gives an enjoyable experience to both the client and the massage therapist.

Aromatherapy stimulates the limbic system in the brain and thereby helps in influencing emotions, increasing memory power, relieving stress and tension. It brings about emotional and physical balance immediately.

It helps in curing insomnia which is sleep-walking. Shiatsu on the other hand helps in concentration, decision making, discrimination, creative thinking, memory, metabolism, clear thinking, vitality, energy flow, tolerance, emotional interaction, intellectual focus, clarity, freeing emotions, and distribution of fresh energy throughout the body.

Watsu is a combination of Shiatsu and Water. This treatment is generally practiced in water where the licensed massage therapist clings on to the patient's body in the water and flexes the muscles. This generally gives relief to mental tension by increasing the emotional level, promoting trust and connection. It gives relaxation to the brain and also soothes it in the very first session of therapeutic massage. Prolonged massaging can increase a sense of optimism and helps in overcoming fear of water. It increases courage and decision making levels as well.

Reflexology deals with the massaging of the nerve endpoints. This directly deals with the nerves and the brain. Hence this helps in relieving stress and strain by balancing the nervous system by releasing endorphins. It involves a flow of energy throughout the body thereby revitalizing the body parts. It is also known to cure insomnia and in removing fear.

Ayurvedic massages deals directly with the energy of the body. Marma points are present in the body which are stimulated with herbal oils and physical pressure. This refreshes the body and mind by energizing it. There are also facial massages done with oil to help relieve stress and head ache. Shirodhara is a treatment which helps in relaxation by pouring herbal oils over the forehead. This synchronizes the brain waves and helps in coordination of mind, body and the spirit.

This form of therapeutic massage improves memory, nourishes the body and releases tension and stress. This method also helps in opening the senses by sensory stimulation and removal of toxins. There creates an overall improvement in the mental health by instilling a refreshed sense of well being, optimism, clear thinking, memory, concentration, breaking down the adhesions to allow free flow of energy. The kundalini or hidden energy in a body is brought out by this massage.

Hence therapeutic massage taught in massage therapy schools to enable people to become licensed massage therapists not only helps in invigorating the physical functions of the body, but also helps in refreshing the mental well being of the individual
About the Author
Aloha Massage School of Massage Therapy serving Haiku, Makawao, Kahului, Kihei, in Maui, HI. We offer a professional
600 hour training in massage therapy.
You will learn Lomi Lomi, Shiatsu, Swedish Massage Techniques , reflexology and so much more. We can be reached at (808) 871-9966
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