Massage therapy is one of the oldest health practices of the world. References in books of Chinese medicine dating back are over 4 a thousand years. In the West, Therapeutic massage has been used since the time of Hippocrates (the father of medicine), which implemented the terms listed in the sixth century BC writings: "The physician must be familiar with the manual handling of tissues".

Therapeutic massage of the modern era, began in Europe (eighteenth century), cuando Peter Hendrik Ling, He developed the technique that today is known as "Swedish massage" and founded in Switzerland, Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics 1813. In recent 50 years old, complementary medicine practitioners, They have applied different forms of therapeutic massage and today, It is one of the most popular treatments, not only in alternative medicine, but as a complement of different treatments in traditional medicine (included in many health insurance).

Clinical studies have shown that massage can relax the body and mind, lower blood pressure and heart rate, help in the treatment of depression, provide headache relief, aching facial, symptoms of stress and many chronic diseases such as arthritis and diabetes.

Corporate Massage, noted that the therapy provides global effects on health, as increased sense of well being, particularly in patients with disabilities, or with limited possibilities of physical contact with other people, patients with mental health problems or addictions treatments.

Some of the massage therapies are:

Swiss Massage:
It is the most popular massage. The therapist may use hands, forearms and elbows, to manipulate the superficial layers of muscle groups to try and apply the technique active or passive movements of the joints. Profits attributable to Swiss massage are numerous, among themselves: enhanced circulation, mental and physical relaxation, stress relief, treatment of pain and muscle spasms, improving the mobility of joints, increase muscle strength, circulation stimulation (blood and lymphatic), improved skin tone, mental relaxation, improved sleep, increased concentration and increased sense of well being.

Deep tissue massage:
This technique combines the Swiss massage, acupressure and deep pressure in different tissues. It goes beyond the superficial layers of muscle, to relieve the tension and benefit the range of motion of joints. Do not expect to relax with this massage, or you may feel some discomfort when the masseur applies pressure with his fingers deep, elbows or instruments used in this therapy . Not recommended for patients with recent injuries in accidents or sports.

Massage in pregnancy:
Massage in pregnant women supports their physiology, to emotional changes and improves the sense of well being . Various forms of massage can be used, as the Swiss massage, that helps control stress and anxiety. High levels of stress during pregnancy, may adversely affect the mother and fetus, it can be accompanied by a reduction of blood flow to the uterus and increased incidence of abortion and premature labor. Massage is a way to approach the mother and child.

Masaje facial:
Different massage techniques, recorded varied benefits such as improved muscle tone of the skin of the face, muscle relaxation, relief of tension and anxiety, mental relaxation, relief of migraine headache, stimulation of the acupuncture meridians (for improving circulation and energy flow), relief of tension in the neck muscles, congestion of the sinuses and pre-menstrual syndrome.

Masaje Shiatsu:
It is based on the principles of Chinese medicine. Shiatsu helps the patient to balance the flow of energy or CHI. Shiatsu practitioners use the fingers, knuckles, palms, sometimes elbows and knees, to apply pressure to the 12 energy meridians. Other, reported good results in people with asthma, depression, headache, insomnia, pre-menstrual syndrome and muscle problems.

Thai Masaje (Thai):
It was developed to help the monks to sitting for long periods of time. Thai massage includes elements of acupressure and yoga. The technique promotes flexibility and joint health. The practitioner applies pressure to manipulate the muscles with hands, sometimes elbows and feet. The technique seeks to balance energy or CHI. It is applied to people that affect motor function problems, muscle tension, neurological problems, digestive problems and postural.


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