Along with an increasing number of new clients many massage therapists are gaining comes an increasing number of health conditions being presented, some that you may not have been previously aware of. Among these diverse health conditions that every massage therapist should know about is something called a Baker’s cyst, a swelling at the back of the knee. Fortunately or not there are numerous types of clients for you as a massage therapist. Unfortunately for some strange reason, massage and massage therapy, when not prescribed by a physician, seems to have become the preserve of the wealthy, which is extremely unfortunate, not least because of the benefits that can be enjoyed by all.
Massage creates actual physiological changes which affect the body both physically and emotionally. Soft tissue massages are used typically to loosen or relieve tight muscles although there are several forms of it. A therapist will generally use finger pressure on a particular muscle until it relaxes and loosens.
Some benefits of massage are : soothing, relaxing, healing, ease tensions, improve blood circulation, ease stiffness and pain, enhance well being, improve mental health. I personally believe that massage using essential oils is one of the most erotic feelings in life.
It has been found that applying medicinal oil to human body and head during massage does a lot of positive changes to the body. In addition to indirectly affecting the autonomous nervous system and the hormonal system, massage also has a direct effect on the systems of the body that have been suffering from chronic stress.
This is one of the reasons you are required fill out a health history form when you enter a professional massage therapists office. I have embraced the use of massage therapy since my hospital-based spa, Ology in Indianapolis, opened the first location in 2004.