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Massage Therapy

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The Art of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and causing movement of or to the body. This paper will give an introduction on the history of massage, the benefits, different areas of massage, the regulations and salary, employment options, and job description. Massage is more than applying creams and oils to a persons’ skin and rubbing in a circular motion. Massage, the art of touch, is as old as time itself. We are born with the basic instincts of massage. The benefit of rubbing aching muscles and hurt limbs comes to us as naturally as breathing air. The first known accounts of massage date back to 1400 B.C. at the start of the Shang Dynasty in China where massage was common in medical practices. Ancient Rome also has documents on the use of massage and acupuncture. (Overview) Massage therapy has a number of benefits. For example, massage can reduce anxiety, improve pulmonary function in young asthma patients, increase weight and improve motor development in premature infants, repair joints and muscles, and may enhance immune system functioning. Some medical conditions that massage therapy can help are: allergies, stress, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries, chronic and temporary pain, circulatory problems, depression, digestive disorders, tension headache, insomnia, and sports injuries. (Chatelaine) Massage therapists, also referred to as Masseuses, must be licensed. To acquire a license in the state of Oklahoma, one must research local departments because there are no statewide regulations currently. However, a person can obtain a certification by completing at least 600 class hours and a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours at any reputable treatment facility such as physical therapy establishments or tech schools such as Tulsa Tech. (Mayo Health)....

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