Many doctors are now realizing the benefits of massage in the care of their patients.
Massage is a term that covers a vast array of different manual soft-tissue techniques, from the basic massage strokes of effleurage (a deep or gentle stroking), petrissage (a kneading movement), and tapotement (a tapping movement), to the more advanced techniques of trigger point therapy, myofascial release, Swedish massage, Rolfing, and Shiatsu. Some types of massage provide a general short-term feeling of relaxation, while others are designed to have longer-term therapeutic effects. The health benefits of massage include muscle relaxation, improved flexibility, reduced pain and better circulation.To get the most out of your massage, make sure you have a complete evaluation and explanation of the technique(s) that will be used. You should also make sure the person doing the muscle work has been properly trained in the technique(s).