The benefits of massage include enhanced mental alertness, body awareness, stimulated local blood supply and lymphatic fluids, alleviates discomfort during pregnancy, improves joint range of movement, treats injuries caused during sport or work, assists in stress management, reduces levels of anxiety, relieves muscular tension, treats musco-skeletal problems, is good for post-operative or post-injury rehabilitation and increases joint flexibility.

Massage types include:

  • Relaxation
  • Remedial
  • Sports
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Oriental

Massage has a history that stretches back thousands of years and spans the globe. The Roman Emperor's physician, Galen (AD 129-199) wrote at least 16 books relating to massage and exercise. A study published by the Australian Women's Weekly in 2001 showed that 49.8 per cent of the population surveyed had used massage. Many health funds accept claims for massage treatment under their 'extras' cover, however, special conditions often apply so people should check with their fund. (Association of Massage Therapists Australia Inc.)

What is it good for

Massage is great for treating stress and promotes general wellbeing.

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More Information

For more information, take a look through "Help Yourself: an A-Z of natural cures for common complaints" by Mim Beim and Jan Castorina. It's published by Doubleday and is available through all good bookstores.

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