Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
 

Massage

Massage

What is massage?

Picture of a massage therapist giving a deep-tissue massage

Rubbing areas that hurt is a natural human response. Even other mammals do this. Massage is based on the same principle of rubbing and manipulating muscles.

Massage is found to be helpful both physically and emotionally. The rubbing not only soothes sore muscles but the mind as well.

Massage therapy has been found to assist in the treatment of:

Massaging muscles and soft tissue stimulates nerves, increases blood flow and relieves stress in the muscles. Over the centuries, many massage techniques have developed including:

Massages are usually given in a quiet room, with soothing background music. A person usually lies down on a special massage table or in a special massage chair called seated massage. Massage uses a group of manual techniques consisting of both fixed and moveable pressure.

In 43 states and the District of Columbia massage therapy is regulated by law with specific guidelines. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) has set up standards of practice and also administers a national certification examination. It is used in 38 of those states and the District of Columbia as a requirement to practice.

In order to become nationally certified to practice massage therapy, a preactitioner must:

Click here to view the
Online Resources of Complementary & Alternative Medicine

 

Top of Page return to top of page