Is massage therapy right for me?
By Tessa Gilskey Apr 1, 2017
Massage therapy is manual manipulation of a patient’s muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments to enhance health and wellness.
There are many types of massage therapy, better known as modalities, including Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, aromatherapy, pregnancy massage, sports massage and others.
What are the benefits?
The application of various massage techniques can promote a wide range of health benefits. It can help relieve muscle tension, pain, anxiety and stress-induced insomnia. It may be used to decrease heart rate and recovery time from some injuries. Massage therapy can also restore blood flow throughout the body, correct posture, improve skin tone and enhance immunity. All of these benefits help contribute to a mended health journey.
Who can receive massage?
Massage therapy can be utilized for all ages. Starting during pregnancy, women have found relief from discomfort with regular massage. Studies have shown that not only may postpartum massage be beneficial to women, but infant massage can also have positive outcomes.
Children may receive massage throughout their youth as they experience growing pains and participate in sports. Adulthood is most commonly a time to receive massage due to many varying issues that may arise with physical work requirements, stress, illness and so on. Finally, geriatric massage is a growing practice to help relieve issues that emerge through the aging process.
Massage therapy is a great way to increase body awareness and improve wellness for all ages. There are many modalities that can be used separately or in a combined effort to accomplish individual health goals.
For questions on whether massage therapy may help you, talk to your physician or schedule a consult with a massage therapist.
Tessa Gilskey trained at the Health Works Institute in Bozeman, Mont., and is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork. Over the last five years as a practicing massage therapist, she has continued her training to offer many different massage services, though she specializes in therapeutic.