What is massage, what is massage therapy?

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What is massage or massage therapy?

You really want to know what is massage?

First, massage therapy is a much more modern term, used to name a person working with various types of massage.

It has hundreds of massage techniques and similar treatments, among them:

  • Acupressure – A massage made with pressures following the map of acupuncture, but without the needles.
  • Anma – Traditional Chinese massage for energy balance. It’s made sitting, without oils.
  • Anti-Cellulite – A  anti-cellulite massage creams to remove cellulites. It stimulates the circulatory system of lymph in the body.
  • Anti-Stress – Using slips to reduce stress from day to day. It mainly stimulates, the release of oxytocin, and other anti-stress hormones.
  • Ayurvedic – Indian Massage encompasses mental, psychological and physical treatments. It is usually made on the floor with tatami.
  • Bamboo – Massage using bamboos. It is made for the circulation of lymph and for modeling the body.
  • Bowen – relaxing massage, made with a lot of sensitivity and gentle to stimulate the division of the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Sporty – Helps remove toxins from the body, like lactic acid, increases the elasticity of muscles. Very suitable for amateur, professional and or practicing any physical activity.
  • Do-In – Japanese massage that uses meridian points for energetic body balance.
    Lymphatic Drainage – Massage helps in the elimination of fluid that for some reason is retained in the body.
  • Facial – Increases skin elasticity and circulation, reduces dark circles and bumps. Helps in the elimination of dead cells.
  • Pregnant Women – Increases blood circulation and relaxes the muscles, giving the baby greater mobility.
  • Kinesiology – Tests the muscles to see where the weakness and strength of the person are found. Each muscle represents an organ.
  • Lian Gong – Prevents problems from bad posture, exercises for joints, tendons, and movements to strengthen the heart and lung. Indicated for insomnia, menstrual cramps, RSI, nervousness, among others.
  • Modeler – Combats cellulite and flaccidity, activates the localized fats.
  • Moxibustion – Used to prevent and treat imbalances such as respiratory diseases, impotence, depression, menstrual cramps, sciatic nerve pain, among others.
  • Neuromuscular – Massage that uses pressure at the points found in the skeletal muscles, much like trigger points.
  • Hot Stones – Application of hot stones to stimulate muscles, especially in the back. Very used in SPA.
  • Four Hands – Massage done by two people. Often a man and a woman.
  • Quick Massage – Quick massage of 15-20 minutes in the chair without oil and directly in the clothes of the people. Very common in malls or offices.
  • Chiropractic – Works the neuromuscular system with the help of movements of the skeletal structure.
  • Suction cup – Using hot cups, creating vacuum, to lift the skin and muscles. Chinese medicine.
  • Reflexology – Foot or hand pressures to stimulate and balance people’s energy. Each point has a corresponding organ.
  • Reiki – Energetic, balances energies without touches.
  • Relaxing – Reduces the stress caused by the day to day. It provides total relaxation of the body, giving a feeling of lightness and well being.
  • Breathing – Using techniques to improve breathing. The Lotorp method is the most famous.
  • Rolfing – Works the body postures. It works the connective tissue and muscles.
  • Sei Tai – Japanese chiropractic, realignment of bone structure, joints, muscles and tendons.
  • Shantala – Massage for babies that brings as benefits the increase of the circulation, relaxation, aid in the growth and it assists gradually in the development of the movements, making movements harmonic and coordinated.
  • Shiatsu – Means massage with fingers, is a combination of Chinese acupuncture with pressure in the muscles.
  • Swedish – Same as classic massage. Massage to the muscles to drain the body of toxins and to recover tense muscles. Increases blood circulation.
  • Thai – Massage with many stretches derived from yoga.
  • Tantric – Sensual massage to increase sexual stimulation.
  • Therapy – Integrate all the massages that aim at the improvement of the health of the people.
  • Trigger Points. It relieves sore spots in the body that can cause pain and discomfort to the whole body.
  • Tui-Na – Chinese massage means, picking, holding, kneading.

So the masseur uses a specific technique. And the massetherapy uses several techniques. Massage in Brazil is not regulated, which means that there is no national council.

Massage therapy is also used to distinguish serious massages from massages more geared towards eroticism, something that has left the word massage with not very connotative overtones for a long time. The idea that massage was sinful comes from a large part of the Catholic

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