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What is massage therapy?

The term massage therapy describes many different types of massage that involve the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body through pressure and movement for therapeutic or relaxation purposes. Massage has been shown to boost the body's ability to heal, as well as relieve stress.

What are the different kinds of massage?

There are several different types of massage, each of which is geared toward specific problems or afflictions.

  • Sports: This type of massage is performed on athletes and is focused on the muscles that they use while playing their sport. Sports massage encompasses several forms of massage.
  • Swedish: Massage therapists that practice Swedish massage will use long strokes and even pressure along the muscles of the body. It can performed all over the body and is typically considered the most relaxing type of massage, as it does not involve heavy pressure.
  • Deep: Deep massage involves slow strokes across the muscles of the body, but requires much heavier pressure than in Swedish massage. This type is good for severe muscle tension.
  • Rolfing: This type of massage is very intense and involves very heavy pressure on the connective tissues of the body. Practitioners may use their knuckles and elbows to gain the appropriate amount of pressure.
  • Neuromuscular: Massage therapists will focus only on the sore spots in your muscles and use deep massage techniques to relieve the tension.

Why is massage used?

Massage therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions. It can be used to help relieve stress and anxiety or can help ease the pain of arthritis, migraines or fibromyalgia. People who suffer from chronic pain may also benefit from massage therapy such as those with lower back pain, neck pain and sports injuries.

What kind of training do massage therapists have?

The American Medical Association recommends that massage therapists receive training in a massage therapy institution that has been accredited by the Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation. When looking for a massage therapist, make sure they have this accreditation and are Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB). Massage therapy training requires students to learn anatomic and physiological information, as well as hands on massage technique training.

How much do different kinds of massage cost?

The price of a massage therapy session can vary depending on the type of massage you'll be receiving. Swedish massage can cost around $1 per minute while more intense therapies can cost around $70 an hour.

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