Massage is defined as the systemic manipulation of soft tissues of the body for a curative effect. Soft tissues are made more pliable through massage to promote circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid to aid healing and wellbeing.
Therapists use their hands to apply pressure to specific areas of the body in order to achieve these goals. This can be done with a number of different methods which include stroking and gliding movements (Effleurage), kneading movements (Petrissage) and prolonged targeted pressure (Trigger point therapy).
Massage has a number of benefits related to physical, functional and psychological issues of the body. Many patients seek help from massage therapists to aid with muscle pain and tension, headaches, postural abnormalities, and injury repair/prevention although a study by the Australian Association of Massage Therapy concluded that massage can also aid:
- Pulmonary function
- Stress and Anxiety
- Delayed onset muscle soreness
- Nausia and Vomiting
- Chronic disease management
The effectiveness of massage therapy, Australian Association of Massage Therapy.