Category: Massage Blogs

How Long Does a Massage Last?

The type of massage most people think of is the traditional western, or Swedish, massage.  The massage session will usually last about 45 minutes, which is considered one clinical hour. But Swedish massage is not the only type of massage; depending on which type is being used, a massage session can last anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours. For example a chair massage or a massage for a sports injury or pre-game warm-up may last just 15 minutes, while a session using a polarity or cranial-sacral technique may last up to two hours. Many Eastern style massage techniques,...

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Discover the Therapeutic Benefits of Massage

The health and wellness benefits that massage offers are more abundant than once thought. Emerging research points to a growing list of advantages that range far wider than simple anxiety, tension, and pain relief. One of the most interesting benefits uncovered is a possible link to improved immunity. Studies have shown that those who receive regular massage have lower cortisol levels in their saliva. Cortisol is the “stress” hormone, and it is linked to a lower immune function. Cortisol actually kills off the cells that are necessary for healthy immunity. Lowering this hormone in the body not only can...

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Differences Between Relaxation Massage, Medical Massage & Sports Massage

As more and more people consider getting massage therapy, there is also more confusion as to what kind of massage to get. For most people, their idea of a massage is what they see on television or the movies. Some will also get information from friends and family who have had a massage. What usually comes to mind is either the traditional Western or Swedish massage with long, gliding strokes or the sports warm up massage, sometimes called a rub-down, where the trainer administers short, choppy strokes to get the athlete ready for an event. While these are not wrong perceptions,...

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Can I Get a Massage if I Have Cancer?

Ten or twenty years ago if that question was asked, you most likely were advised to avoid any massage therapy if you had cancer. Many doctors were uninformed when it came to various touch therapies and avoided recommending what many manual therapists knew – that massage therapy could be helpful for cancer patients. Up until recently, there were few studies that could prove the benefits of massage during cancer treatment. In the mid-2000s however, that changed and research done by the Touch Research Institute out of Miami and those sponsored by the National Institutes of Health have shown massage...

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A Simple Massage Could Keep You From Getting Sick

Massages are a great way to release tension and stress and promote relaxation. But a new study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has revealed for the first time that massages also provide a measurable, therapeutic benefit to the immune system as well. Dr. Mark Rapaport and his team of researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., evaluated 53 people, 29 of which received 45-minute Swedish massages–one of the most common forms of massage used in the U.S.–and 24 who received gentler, light touch massages. Researchers took blood samples at intervals before and after the massages...

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