// Massage Therapy //
Body therapy could be defined as a system that specialises in correcting any problems to do with the body mechanics. As the body mechanics is made up chiefly of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles, it would be reasonable to assume that a body therapist has the knowledge of all of these components and integrates this knowledge into their therapy. However this is not reflective of the current body therapy profession. Broadly speaking, you have two categories of body therapists, those that work on the soft tissues exclusively or those that target the skeletal system.
Massage has a very long tradition in the healing arts. It involves different techniques of moving soft tissues including muscles in order to help the body heal itself. There are many different systems of massage. Swedish massage, also known as relaxation massage, is a formalised system of five basic strokes applied by the hands or forearms only. These strokes not only assist with relaxation but also help to improve blood flow to body tissues, reduce swelling and to promote healing. Massage is a holistic therapy meaning that it treats the whole person, taking into account mind body and spirit. It is also applied differently to every individual. No two massage treatments are ever alike as a result.
Remedial massage is based on Swedish massage but borrows techniques from other systems as well. Remedial massage is used to specifically target an area of pain, or dysfunction. A remedial massage therapist will begin their training in Swedish massage but will continue further studies in anatomy, physiology, pathology and remedial techniques in order to have many more techniques at their disposal.
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