Massage therapy’s benefits run the gamut from easing tension and stress to helping recovery after injury to relieving cancer treatment pain. By triggering an involuntary relaxation response from the nervous system, massage can produce physical and emotional benefits. Massage techniques have been used since 3000 BCE (or earlier). Today, massage therapists employ up to 80 different techniques to help people relax, recover and rejuvenate. Let’s take a look at some of the more common types of massage therapy.
In the early 1800s, Swedish doctor/gymnast/teacher Per Henrik Ling created the Swedish Movement Cure to help relieve chronic pain. It was the precursor to what we know as Swedish massage.
Similar to Swedish massage in that it is good for people with muscle pain and tension, massage therapists place heated stones on different parts of the body.
Regardless of the type of massage, it can make you feel good and help you relax. Is massage therapy a career that you may enjoy? Florida Academy offers a comprehensive 600-hour curriculum (with day and evening classes) that can get you started in a massage therapy career in as little as 20 weeks.