Everything you need to be the expert ​​​​massage therapist

Massage could be defined as the manipulation of soft tissues in the body. During a Massage, techniques are usually applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, or feet. Some devices are also used. In most cases, the aim of massaging is  for the alleviation of body stress or pain. Anyone who is qualified to give massages was traditionally known as a masseur (male) or a masseuse (female), however, these titles are old-fashioned, and bring with them some negative connotations. In the United States, the term massage therapist has been recognized as a business norm for those qualified to give massages. 

In professional settings, the recipient is treated while lying on a massage table, lying on a mat on the floor. They have been reports of clients receiving a massage therapy while sitting in a chair. In amateur settings, there is the use of a general purpose surface like a bed but the floor is more common. Aquatic massages and bodywork are performed with the client submerged or floating in a warm-water therapy pool. The therapist could make use of oil or lotion to reduce friction on the skin.  A massage session could be fairly brief. It could also last an hour or even longer.  

How Effective is a Massage? 

As it stands, we can't draw any conclusions about the effectiveness of massages, in specific health conditions. Massage therapy seems to pose a few serious risks if it is used in a manner that is suitable and proper in the circumstances, and is provided by a qualified massage professional. 

General Massages 

A general massage involves, Centripetal stroking in conjunction with some muscular kneading from the toes upward. It is used alongside baths lasting 30 to 40 min. After a part is massaged, it is given a few passive rotary movements and afterwards covered up.  

People use massage for various health-related reasons including relieving pain, rehabilitating sports injuries, reducing stress, increasing relaxation, to address anxiety and depression, and to aid general wellness.  

Cautions

  • People with bleeding disorders or low blood platelet counts, should avoid a vigorous massage. This applies to people taking blood-thinning medications like warfarin. 
  • Massages should not be performed in any area of the body having blood clots, fractures, open or healing wounds, skin infections, or weakened bones (osteoporosis or cancer). Anybody who just had a recent surgery should also avoid a massage. 
  • Even though massage therapy appears to be absolutely safe for cancer patients, consult your oncologist before having a massage which involves deep or intense pressure. Direct pressure over a tumor usually is discouraged. Cancer patients are advised to discuss any concerns about massage therapy with their oncologist. 
  • Pregnant women must consult their gynecologist before using massage therapy.  

Always consider the following: 

  • Never replace your regular medical care with a massage therapy or use it as a reason to postpone seeing your doctor about any medical issue arising. 
  • For those with an existing medical condition and are not certain if a massage therapy would be appropriate for you, discuss your concerns with your Doctor. He or she may help you recommend a massage therapist. Do well to consult published research articles on massage therapy concerning your condition. 
  • Before commencing a massage therapy, do well to do some findings about the therapist's training, credentials and experience. Also enquire the number of treatments that might be needed, the cost, insurance coverage and the duration. 
  • Should your massage therapist suggest the use of other CAM practices (for instance, herbs or other supplements, or a special diet), discuss it first with Doctor.  
  • Inform your Doctor about any complementary and alternative practices you use. To ensure a coordinated and safe care, tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Provide them with a full picture of anything you do to keep you healthy.  
  • Always reveal your expectations and intentions with your massage therapist. Do not hesitate to speak up if there is something you aren’t comfortable with.