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Massage is the use of hands to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, particularly the muscles.
It can be used for relaxation, stimulation or rehabilitation of the whole body or part of it. It promotes suppleness of the muscles, improves circulation and reduces stress.
Modern massage is based on the techniques developed by Per Henrik Ling (1776 - 1839) a physiologist and fencing master. He was from Sweden and massage is still referred to as Swedish massage because of his influence.
Massage is a reputable and recognised therapy that is beneficial to all body systems and is a natural and effective way to treat both physical and psychological conditions.
Benefits of Massage
• Improves blood circulation, therefore hastening the interchange of oxygen, nutrients, carbon dioxide and waste
• Relieves muscular tension due to removal of waste
• Increases lymphatic circulation, again hastening the removal of toxins
• Causes hyperaemia which temporarily increases heat in the area of treatment
• Helps to soften fatty deposits depending on the movements used
• Softens and nourishes the skin, depending on the medium chosen
• Causes slight desquamation, thus improving skins texture
• Skin tone and elasticity are improved
• Stimulates or soothes the sensory nerve endings, depending on the massage movements used
• Deeply relaxing - it gives the client a feeling of well being