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Therapeutic Massage - The Power of Touch

Aug 17, 2007
Do you need to relax? Everybody needs to relax sometimes. Stresses of life, turmoil, and physical exercise will take a toll on the body. Although the practice of therapeutic massage is sometimes largely ignored or treated as a form of recreation, massage can be a perfect way to relax and unwind. It is becoming more accepted in today's society as a means of taking the kinks out and relieving stress.

What is massage? It is a systematic stroking, kneading, and rubbing soft tissue in the body to induce relaxation. The modern world increasingly is accepting the practice of massage to relieve minor medical conditions. Therapeutic massage strengthens all the body's major system and helps them to remain stable. A massage can affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, nervous and respiratory in a positive and helpful way.

Muscle relaxation and the release of tension allow the body to heal faster and improve circulation. Athletes know the importance of stretching muscles and relaxing them before a major sports event and the same principal is applied to the muscles. A good massage will relax the muscles, ease tension, loosen joints, and it improves circulation. A therapeutic massage will also ease pain.

Massage is great for helping accident victims recover. It speeds the recovery process of healing by loosening muscles and helping the patient regain control of their body. It is recommended that therapeutic massage should not be used in place of medical treatment. Massage does have positive medical effects but not to be used as replacement for the attention of a doctor.

Massage therapy dates from the beginnings of recorded history. "Laying of hands," therapeutic massage, or some form of touch has been used to heal the sick. The Greeks and Romans used touch and massage therapy for healing and for easing pain. Hippocrates wrote about the power of massage in the early fifth century and Julius Caesar was given massage therapy to help control his epilepsy.

It is believed that therapeutic massage started in the Far East, probably in China. It was later brought to the western world and the first massage related college course was offered in Stockholm, Sweden in 1813. The techniques of massage have evolved over the few years and today you will find many therapists using therapeutic massage as part of helping the patient to relax.

If you are a little tense or stressed out, a good massage may help the muscles relax and tension eased. It is becoming more and more accepted as a good way to relax and relieve tension and helps your physical and mental health. A loving back rub or gentle massage can help you relax enough to have a good night sleep or ease the muscles so they will relax and allow you to sleep. Don't underestimate the power of the gentle touch of a massage therapist or someone who loves you to help you regain control of your emotions and release the stress and tension of the day.
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Massage.
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