Benefits of a Therapeutic Massage
Many massage techniques have the same effects while they feel very different to the recipient and focus on different systems of the body. All touch therapy comes from the same origin. It has been changed by cultural norms and medical constraints through the centuries resulting in the diversity we see today. In the US, many Massage Therapists take what they see the best results from many techniques and combine them into a massage chop suey. Perhaps this is because so many massage techniques have been originated in the US and our Licensed Massage Therapists are required to learn several for licensure. Licensed Massage Therapists facilitate relaxation and stress relief. The deepness of a massage is relative to the recipient’s own level of tolerance and tension. Therapists can feel the level of resistance in tissues. Therapists cannot feel pain in the recipient. There is no correlation between tissue resistance and pain. Everybody is different so there must be communication between the therapist and recipient for a massage to be beneficial. This is true for all massage techniques.
Tiffany Field, PhD is the Director of the Touch Research Institutes, University of Miami School of Medicine and Nova Southwestern University, Florida. She has been documenting the benefits of Therapeutic Massage for some time now. Her results are published and can be accessed on the Internet.
Here are some measurable effects of Therapeutic Massage already documented. After a Swedish Massage performed by an LMT the subjects demonstrated improvement in the following:
- Nervous system control
- Immune function
- Elimination of carbon dioxide, metabolites, and other biochemical byproducts
- Growth and repair
- Pain and anxiety reduction
- REM sleep
- Depressive episodes