Massage has been practiced for thousands of years.
Today, if you need or want a massage, you can choose from various massage therapies with a wide variety of movements, and techniques. These all involve pressing, rubbing, or maneuvering muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers. Sometimes, even forearms, elbows, or feet are used.
There are numerous health benefits of massage – from healing injuries to promote overall wellness.
Styles used in massage therapy range from long, smooth strokes to short, gentle strokes.
Some massage therapists use oils and lotions; others do not. Most massage therapists suggest clients to take out cloth for a massage, but some do not.
A massage can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours.
Before you can choose which massage style is best for you, you need to ask yourself a question. Do you simply want a massage for leisure and stress control? Or do you need temporary relief or help with a certain health condition? Before booking a massage, let the therapist know what you're looking for and ask which style the therapies are to be used. Many use more than one style. Or the therapist may customize your massage, depending on your age, condition, or any special needs or goals you have.