Do you know what a classic massage is?

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Classic massage – most of us have experienced it, but as it turns out, not many know what it is about and what it really gives us. See why it is worth using and what properties it has!

Classical massage has been known for thousands of years. Its origins can be found in China. It was used for therapeutic purposes, because the pressure on the body performed instinctively then often helped in various ailments. In addition, massage relaxes and helps to de-stress. No wonder that nowadays it is one of the most popular and most frequently performed treatments and you will find it in the offer of all SPA salons.

Interesting history of classical massage

The first mention of classical massage appeared in the book “The Cong-Fou of the Tao-Tse”. It is known that it was born in China. Hippocrates himself also spoke of “friction” as a healing method. However, it is interesting that this treatment has not been forgotten over the years thanks to the Catholic Church. Well, people who were helped by clergymen or nuns, often used massage to cure or relieve the pain of people who were under their care. Swedish physician Per Henrik Ling and Johan Mazeger from the Netherlands contributed to the development of massage

Classical massage – step by step

Classical massage uses a variety of techniques that are now very carefully developed. Nothing happens by chance. At the beginning of the treatment, stroking is always performed, which involves applying the whole hand to the patient’s body. The precise touch of the masseur is slow and with constant pressure, which can also be done with the knuckle of the thumb, the fingertips or the dorsal side of the hand. Stroking can be very gentle, of medium strength or quite strong and powerful

After stroking comes the time for rubbing. This is an important part of the treatment, especially for sprains, contusions and adhesions. The idea is to rub the tissue being massaged. The masseur uses slow circular movements. He can do it in a spiral (rotating motion) or locally.

Next, it is time for squeezing. This technique is used not only in classical massage, but also in sports massage or lymphatic drainage. The masseur massages the selected part of the body with constant pressure

Kneading lasts the longest, often it is even 40% of the whole treatment. During this time the masseur grabs the muscle and tries to pull it away from the bone part, many people compare this activity to kneading dough. This is to improve the flexibility of the muscle

Then comes the vigorous patting. The massage therapist applies very vigorous strokes to the tissue, which has both a stimulating and relaxing effect on the patient. It is not recommended for children or elderly people. In order to activate smooth muscles, striated muscles and muscle fibers, vibrations are also performed. This activity additionally accelerates the burning of matter

One of the techniques of classical massage is also vibration, which consists in introducing muscles into a gentle, trembling movement. Here we have both a high amplitude of vibrations and low frequency. Then the masseur spreads his fingers wide on the patient’s body and vigorously moves them from side to side, without pulling his hands away.

During the treatment you can also not miss rolling, that is kneading, rubbing and stroking at the same time. This activity perfectly relaxes and stimulates

Classical massage – effects

Classical massage perfectly stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory systems. It also influences the nervous system – it relaxes and calms the patient. In addition, it also speeds up digestion, increases muscle flexibility and improves joint mobility. The key is also how it influences our psyche – it is worth knowing that it supports the secretion of serotonin, i.e. a hormone of happiness. Therefore, after the treatment the patient has a better mood and more desire to act.

How to prepare for a massage?

Is it necessary to prepare the body before classic massage? There are no special recommendations here, although it is good to give up hard to digest foods 1.5-2 hours before the procedure. You should also ask if it is possible to take a shower in the place where you will be massaged, if not – it is good to do it at home. It is also not necessary to take any towels with you, these should be provided by the masseur, but it is also worth asking about this to avoid possible surprises

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