the application of diverse manual techniques of touch and stroking to muscles and soft tissue to achieve relaxation and to improve the client's well-being. See also bodywork
and massage therapy.
Massage.Benefits of massage.
Lowers blood pressure
Stimulates lymphatic drainage
Time for oneself
massage chair (m·säjˑ·cherˑ)
portable, padded chair designed to fully support the relaxed weight of the massage client.
massage table (m·säjˑ·tāˑ·bl)
padded table designed specifically for massage in a recumbent position.
n.pr gentle tissue work that provides tension relief, evens body tone, and integrates structural change.
massage, Bindgeweb (bīnˈ·dj·webˈ·m·säzhˑ)
n a style of massage applied to the connective tissue system in the body according to the areas of tenderness that correspond to certain acupuncture points. Treatment is given with the middle finger in a series of strokes without a lubricant.
massage, classical Western
n method of therapeutic friction, kneading and stroking of the body derived from European anatomic and physiologic concepts.
massage, connective tissue
n a diagnostic and therapeutic treatment that involves stroking and pulling deep connective tissues to release the existing tension and return them to a natural alignment. May be uncomfortable and produce vasodilatation and sweating.
n a style of massage that uses strong pressure; slow, deep strokes; and friction across the muscle grain to release chronic muscle tension.
n technique in which vibrations are applied to the body through electrical means.
massage, intercompetition (inˈ·ter·kämˈ·p·tiˑ·shn m·säzhˑ)
n sports massage given at an athletic event.
n a style of massage used to relieve pain, stimulate circulation, and loosen trigger points. This form of massage focuses on individual muscles rather than muscle groups and uses deep pressure.
n a therapeutic approach to injury and pathology treatment of the locomotor system; uses multiple techniques.
n massage designed to address the needs of an uninjured athlete directly after a competition or a vigorous workout. The focus is on minimizing fatigue or soreness and cleansing tissues to shorten recuperation time.
n mas-sage used specifically to speed re-covery after surgery or in cases of injury.
n massage designed to help recovery from mild to moderate injuries.
n a style of massage that works specifically on problems resulting from athletic performance, training, and injury. This form of massage uses techniques similar to those of Swedish and deep-tissue massages. See also massage, deep-tissue and massage, Swedish.
n systematic soft tissue manipulation applied directly to the skin via effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration. Developed by Swedish physiologist and gymnast Per Henrik Ling (1776–1839).
massage, Swiss reflex
n conceived by Shirley Price in 1987 and based upon the principles of reflexogy, according to which energy flow lines in the body connect at certain reflex points. Essential oils are blended with a bland cream that the therapist massages into the reflex points of the body. Method involves at-home patient preparation as well as ongo-ing client-therapist dialogue during treatments. Therapists must be accredited.
n a structured form of massage used to enhance one organ system, usually the circulatory or lymphatic system.
n.pr a style of bodywork that incorporates aspects of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Thai Buddhist meditation. Its form is similar to like facilitated yoga because of its emphasis on opening and stretching the body. It uses acupuncture meridians to move energy, and its slow pace is conducive to of contemplative states of consciousness. Also called
noad bo-rom, Thai yoga-massage, Thailand medical massage, or
traditional Thai massage.