What is a Massage Therapist?

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The term or title massage therapist has often been misunderstood and misinterpreted by many, what a massage therapist is and what a massage therapist does may surprise many. The average person thinks of a massage therapist as a person who only gives massages for the purpose of relaxation and is unaware of the many ways in which a massage therapist can help them. The massage therapist is not only useful when it comes to providing relaxation and a soothing touch but also for specific therapeutic treatments and alternative medical treatment plans. By definition a massage therapist is someone who is trained in manipulation of the soft tissues of the body by rubbing, stroking, kneading etc. for therapeutic or healing purposes. This is why massage therapist are not only found within spas or parlors but also clinical settings.

Benefits of Massage

Massage has many benefits of which can have a big impact on an individual’s well being. Some of the ways massage can be beneficial are by;

Relieving Stress

Massage can lower one’s heart rate and lower certain levels of chemicals in the body that cause stress and also raise the levels of chemicals that aid in relaxation

Improving Posture

Massage can help with muscle awareness and maintenance of a balanced muscle tone which can affect a person’s posture.

Relaxing Muscles

By use of certain techniques massage can release tension in muscle tissue allowing the muscle to relax.

Improving Circulation

By use of pressure and strokes massage can redirect blood flow, relieve blockage and aid in efficient blood flow.

Improving Flexibility and Range of Motion

Massage helps make the muscle tissue more pliable and keeps the blood circulating in the joints, making joints more flexible and less prone to injury.

It is these range of skills and effects that makes it a good choice to introduce a massage therapist into your life.

 

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