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Summary:
The delightful benefits of massage don’t appear out of nowhere. The
immediate soothing effects of massage and the long term health benefits
of massage occur not from occasional backrubs from friends, but from the
trained arms of certified massage therapists. Trained arms would be an
understatement, because massage therapists actually use their entire
upper body trunk to apply correct pressure – if they merely used their
hands and arms, they would quickly tire, and the neces...


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Article Body:
The delightful benefits of massage don’t appear out of nowhere. The
immediate soothing effects of massage and the long term health benefits
of massage occur not from occasional backrubs from friends, but from the
trained arms of certified massage therapists. Trained arms would be an
understatement, because massage therapists actually use their entire
upper body trunk to apply correct pressure – if they merely used their
hands and arms, they would quickly tire, and the necessary pressure would
not be applied. When looking for a massage therapist, there are a few
things that must be understood in the search. First of all, it is
important to understand who exactly a massage therapist is, and how to
find one suitable for your needs. The next step, of course, is to
understand what massage therapists do – what their job encompasses and
the actual art that they practice. With this knowledge in hand, a wise
decision that will lead to less stress and better use of muscles will be
much easier to make.

A massage therapist is a health professional who is certified and
licensed to practice a range of massage therapies to improve the
wellbeing of his or her patient. The completion of a massage school,
which is accredited by the state that it is located in, is necessary to
legally practice massage within a recognized location. Thus, a massage
therapist can be found working in such varied locations as hospitals and
clinics, their own private or group practices, health spas and resorts,
and large sporting events. The general program of study required for a
massage therapist includes courses in neurology, anatomy, pathology,
first aid, physiology, combined with practice in western and eastern
massage theories. It is important to note that a massage therapist does
not replace medical treatment by a doctor, but can very well supplement a
physician’s prescribed treatment. Physicians often recommend seeing a
massage therapist, and can refer their patients to an appropriate
therapist.
However, a massage therapist’s services are certainly not confined to
doctor referrals. A massage therapist’s office can be a great place for
the prevention of maladies. Seeing a massage therapist on a normal
basis, even for the healthy person (although in today’s social climates,
stress has become a factor in virtually everyone’s life, and negatively
affects health), decreases stress on muscles, and thus decreases stress
on the mind. Massage therapy also acts positively on circulation,
immediately aiding the capillaries, so near to the surface of the skin,
to circulate blood, as well as acting on the muscles aiding veins bring
blood back to the heart. A massage therapist assesses his or her
patient, and designs a massage therapy program specific to the needs of
the client. Seeing a massage therapist regularly can also lead to
disease prevention in referring patients to see doctors when a condition
out of the scope of a massage therapist arises.

The massage techniques used have been both subjected to the test of time
and scientific study. Many techniques are quite ancient, and with modern
study shining more light on their secrets, we are learning that their
effects certainly are positive on the body. Massage therapy affects both
the muscles being manipulated, as well as certain internal organs, via
the pressure points in our hands and feet that influence those specific
organs. The techniques used by massage therapists are very varied, from
the traditional Swedish massage, which is known to be especially
beneficial for the lymphatic system and the circulation of the blood in
the veins, to the less conventional reflexology massage, which is the
massage affecting our organs through manipulation of points on our hands
and feet. Many other types of massage therapy exist, and it is wisest to
both research the type that will be most beneficial for your specific
need, as well as consulting with your massage therapist which therapy
will be right for you. While every massage therapist will be trained in a
variety of techniques, no one massage therapist will be a specialist in
all of the types.

The job of the massage therapist is to reduce the mental and physical
effects of stress, to improve the general wellbeing of their client, to
restore health and to prevent future sicknesses and disease. These
desired effects are achieved via the various techniques of massage
therapy, which are wide and varied. While a massage therapist is not a
physician, and does not pretend to be one, the regular visiting of a
certified massage therapist can be very beneficial for the health, as
well as an important supplement to many medical treatments. As
information about massage therapy becomes more widely available, the
medical community has begun to incorporate massage therapy into modern
medicine. Massage therapists, who study the ancient art of muscle
manipulation through rubbing, are making their permanent appearance in
the modern setting of the medical community.