Myofascial describes a symptom or treatment that relates to the connective tissue of the muscles — the fasciae — and the muscles themselves. Practitioners treat myofascial pain using myofascial release, physical manipulation aimed at relaxing the muscles and fasciae. Many events can cause myofascial pain, including physical strain, surgery, and inflammatory conditions that tighten the muscles. Often, people feel the pain from these knot-like constrictions at a different point in the body than the specific problem area. The release of these origins or “trigger points” can alleviate pain.
A therapeutic massage engages your senses through the use of soothing music, aromatherapy scents and massage oils, as well as the massage itself. Because a massage is an emotional as well as a physical experience, massage therapists need a range of personal, social and business skills, in addition to the physical techniques of the profession.
Swedish Massage is the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage in the United States. It involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage.
I’ve done a lot of massages and feeling sick after a massage is not a common reaction, but it can happen occasionally. Massage therapists are aware of this phenomenon, and that it usually affects clients who are first-time massage recipients or someone who has not received massage for quite some time. The worst cases of a post-massage “healing crisis” feel like the full-blown flu. Let’s explore what causes this phenomenon and whether a post-massage glass of water can prevent it?
It is hard to find a better combination of relaxation, increased circulation, and range of motion. Yoga and massage can work together to relieve stress and tension throughout your life. Yogis need massage and massage therapists and bodyworkers need yoga. The two arts are sisters. Therapists’ knowledge of yoga informs their creativity as bodyworkers, while their knowledge of body mechanics enhances their own yoga practice and teaching. For their yoga-practicing clients, massage therapists can sweep away the tension remaining after a yoga session, thereby facilitating the transformative nature of yoga. Yoga and massage have a lot in common. Yoga is actually a form of self-massage.