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Trigger Point Massage

Trigger Point Massage

TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE Trigger Point Massage is the creation of Janet Travell M.D. (1901-1997). A former White House physician, she explored and, with David Simons, is responsible for the Bible on this variation of massage therapy. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual came out in 1983. It contains the basic techniques, purpose and philosophy behind Trigger Point Massage. In essence, Trigger Point Massage believes the primary causal factor of pain and dysfunction is small, tender congested knots in the muscles. These are the “Trigger Points.” Highly localized spots, they are responsible for pain some 75% of the time....

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Massage Education & Training

Massage Education & Training

EDUCATION AND TRAINING If you wish to become a qualified massage therapist, you will need to go to school. There is, at the present time, no set path to pursue the career. Unfortunately, training requirements and educational qualifications vary from country to country throughout the world. In fact, the specifications for a massage therapist may even vary within a country. In England, Canada and the United States, for example, differences continue to exist between provinces and states. It is up to the potential massage practitioner to ensure he or she receives the best possible education in the field. There is...

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The Swedish Massage

The Swedish Massage

SWEDISH MASSAGE Swedish Massage or Classic Massage is the oldest of the western traditions. It dates back to the early attempts by Per Henrik Ling (1176-1839) to introduce a method of massage into sports education. In doing so, he integrated a number of different existent Eastern healing techniques into a Western system of anatomy, physiology and blood circulation. Further development by Johan Georg Mezger of Holland (1839-1909) produced the current classical or traditional system of Swedish Massage. Mezger is particularly noted for the naming of the different strokes applied in Swedish Massage. These are Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction and Tapotement.  Effluerage...

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How Massage Therapy Works

How Massage Therapy Works

HOW MASSAGE THERAPY WORKS The massaging of the surface skin, muscles or affected part has several diffuse and related impacts upon the functions of the overall body systems. By applying therapeutic massage techniques, the practitioner increases circulation away from a specific inflamed or affected area. This, in turn, decreases the strain and tension on the affected parts. The result is a decrease in pain. At the same time, rubbing the affected part or parts assists in draining the excessive or excess fluid built-up in the system or area. This also reduces the tension on the body part. The muscle or...

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Benefits of Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy

PURPOSE AND BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY Massage Therapy is a valid way of improving your life. It is beneficial for you in so many different ways. It is a method that knows no gender, age or race. Touch is an essential part of all our lives. No matter who we are we can benefit from the powers of positive touching or therapeutic massage. Massage Therapy can influence the health of people of all ages in a positive fashion. Babies and seniors can benefit from massage therapy. The sense of touch is more than a sensation. It is greater than a...

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