As a health therapy, Massage dates back thousands of years.
References to Massage appear in historic documents from China, Japan, India, and Egypt. In New Zealand, massage therapy is used as a complementary therapy by a number of health care providers and Wellness at Work is a provider for Southern Cross and a vendor provider to ACC.
The practice of massage therapy is a wellness model which aims to support clients by reducing stress and stressors to balance mental, emotional, and physical issues. A variety of techniques and styles may be used depending on the skill and qualifications of the therapist. The goal of a massage session may include: relaxation massage; clinical, remedial, or therapeutic massage. I can also extend to movement re-education Chi or energy work.
In Swedish massage a therapist uses long strokes and kneading circular movements. They can also use vibration, tapping, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular techniques or trigger point therapy. When performed by a qualified practitioner massage is inherently safe however people with existing health conditions should discuss your concerns with your health care provider.
At this time the New Zealand Massage Industry is unregulated, and therefore not all Massage Therapists are qualified or hold appropriate qualifications. All therapists contracted to Wellness At Work hold the appropriate qualifications for the work performed.
- Mayo clinic. Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being. Read more »
- According to the American Massage Therapy Association. Massage therapy can assist in reducing the symptoms of anxiety. Read more »
- American Massage Therapy Association research demonstrates that massage can aid in pain relief. Read more »
- Those who participate in exercise programs, as well as athletes in training, can benefit from massage therapy according to the American Massage Therapy Association research. Read more »
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