Body Massage

What is Body Massage?


A body massage involves working and applying pressure on the muscles of the body, on the skin surface. It may be a manual massage or done with machines.

Usually, body massage is a structured and systematic procedure of applying tension, motion or vibration, with or without the application of heat.

Various body parts used to apply pressure to massage are:

Hands
Fingers
Elbows
Knees
Forearm
Feet


Machines that are used to apply massage in various parts of the body include:

Vibration machines
Heat emitting machines
Rollers made of bamboo or rosewood
Massage chairs


A professional massage involves the patient to lie down on a specialized massage table. Specialized massages such as aquatic massage are performed with the persons submerged in warm water or with water coming in as a strong jet.

What are the Types of Body Massage?


There are different kinds of massages that are used by professionals, health workers and amateurs. The massage is named according to the procedure it is performed.

Active Release Technique: Deep tissues are manipulated with pressure using fingers. The technique of active release massage follows a specific pattern as prescribed for the patient. ART is used as a treatment for various conditions like pains caused by overuse of muscles. When muscles are subjected to tear, pull or undergo injury, they produce a tough and dense scar tissue at the site. The tissue does not allow the other muscles to move freely, which results in the muscles becoming shorter and weaker.

The massage specialists learn over 500 types of moves and they are able to identify and correct the specific problems that may be individually unique.