Not only does the client benefit from purely physical perspective, but the psychological and spiritual aspects of his/her life is also enhanced (Salvo et al, 1999). The concept of true health resulting from a correct equilibrium or balancing of this physical and spiritual energy has for long been treated and documented as a form of medication. Massage works on two levels, the physical manipulation of soft body tissue and the positive healing energy that exuded during this manipulation. The combination and correct application of these processes is make treatment effective as a whole (Simonson et al, 2005). Massage therapy has been respected type of medicine for more than 3,000 years.
It was ranked in high value in ancient Chinese and Japanese cultures, then spread through Europe and became and adopted practice for many Greeks and Romans as a treatment for disorders such as stiff muscles and other diseases (Tortora et al, 2005). The value of Massage however declined for sometime over the centuries. AS western medicine became more accepted, the value of massage therapy declined and became considered purely as a luxury for the wealthy members of the society, with only temporary relaxation effects.
This was the beginning of the now called quick fix era (Wible et al, 2005). Massage therapy is however considered alternative to pharmaceuticals today rather than vice versa. There are still many doubting the viability of massage therapy, they minimize the benefits of massage therapy to simply relaxation and view it as unnecessary. However, many others are beginning to realize the true value or potential of therapeutic massage (Salvo et al, 1999). When done correctly and regularly, and individual can realize minimized pain, mind clarity and more mobility.
Massage therapy as defined above is a soft tissue manipulation for healing purposes. Massage therapy promotes blood and lymph circulation, relaxes muscles, relieves pain and restores balances; this can be done using different styles (simonson et al, 2005). As introduced above, massage involves different techniques, the three modalities which include swedish, deep tissue and therapeutic. These modalities address different issues. For example swedish massage aims at promoting better circulation and relaxation using light touch (Wible et al, 2005). It is most the most commonly used and known and used, and this why rarely see the other beneficial therapeutic aspects of massage therapy.
Deep tissue on the other hand is has more benefits but is rarely used or applied due to extend of treatment involved in its practice.
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