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Welcome to Massage Therapy Infocenter in HolisticOnLine!

Massage therapy is the systematized manipulation of soft tissues for the purpose of normalizing them. Practitioners use a variety of physical methods including applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, or causing movement to the body. Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms, elbows, or feet.

The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being.

Touch is the core ingredient of massage therapy and also combines science and art. Practitioners learn specific techniques for massage and use their sense of touch to determine the right amount of pressure to apply to each person and locate areas of tension and other soft-tissue problems. Touch also conveys a sense of caring, an important component in the healing relationship.

When muscles are overworked, waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in the muscle, causing soreness, stiffness, and even muscle spasm.

space.gif (35 bytes) Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist the elimination of waste products, speed healing after injury, and enhance recovery from disease.

Therapeutic massage can be used to promote general well-being and enhance self-esteem, while boosting the circulatory and immune systems to benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion, and skin tone. It has been incorporated into many health systems, and different massage techniques have been developed and integrated into various complementary therapies.

We, at holisticonline.com tried to provide a comprehensive and objective look at all the aspects of massage therapy: history, benefits, types of massage, safety and more. We hope that you will be pleased.

In order to speed up the process of downloading, the contents are divided into several pages. We suggest that you navigate from this home page. You may read the material in any order you want. We have tried to make each chapter self standing.

Table of Contents
Definition of Massage and Massage Therapy

History of Massage

Types of Massage

Massage Therapy Today

Massage and Health

Benefits of Massage

What Types of Dysfunctions Respond To Clinical Massage?

Who Can Benefit From Clinical Massage Therapy?

Therapeutic Massage Is Beneficial In Combating Aging

Massage for Pain Control

Massage Therapy for Healing Various Conditions/Diseases

Basic Techniques of Swedish Massage

Self Massage

Face Massage

Sports Massage

Workplace Massage or Chair Massage

Massage - Precautions/ Contra-Indications

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