This post is part of a series on Frequently Asked Questions that I hear from my clients or friends. If you have any other particular questions about the massage experience, always feel free to reach out.
- soft tissue manipulation – all of the many strokes and techniques used in a professional massage session, all intended to influence the soft tissue of the body (ie. not working on bones, or internal organs) and by extension the nervous system and from there the whole human!
- instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation – using tools of different kinds to facilitate a change in the state of the soft tissue
- hot/cold therapy
- recommending self-care techniques and tools to extend the benefit of massage
- Soft tissue – includes muscles, skin, and fascia. Fascia includes tendons, ligaments, all the many layers just under the skin, the periosteum, and much more.
- Nervous system –
- Includes both the Central Nervous System (CNS) which in turn includes the brain and spinal cord
- and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) which includes all other nerves throughout the body. Roughly speaking PNS nerves deliver messages of sensation and messages of action between the CNS and the rest of the body’s systems.
- The PNS includes the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) which regulates all of the unconscious bodily functions such as heart rate, digestion, breathing and so on. Massage is thought to be especially effective at encouraging the ‘rest and digest’ parasympathetic aspect of the ANS.
Read more in my Frequently Asked Questions blog series:
Can I talk during a therapeutic massage?
Will I be in pain during a therapeutic massage?
How should I feel after a therapeutic massage?
What is chair massage?
Do I need to be naked during a therapeutic massage?
What to expect in a professional massage?
What is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)?
What do you learn in massage school?
What kind of massage do you do?
What kind of music do you play during a massage?
Should I give you a tip after the massage?