Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being. The word comes from the French massage “friction of kneading“, or from Arabicmassa meaning “to touch, feel or handle” or from Latin massa meaning “mass, dough”, cf.Greek verb μάσσω (massō) “to handle, touch, to work with the hands, to knead dough”. In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio.
Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin,joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of thegastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees,forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.
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Posted on November 27, 2011, in clinical massage therapy, massage, massage therapy, Muscle energy, myofascial release, Soft Tissue, sport massage and tagged Alternative, Connective tissue, Health, Kneading, Lymphatic system, Massage, Massage Therapy and Bodywork, Muscle. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.