Swedish Massage Techinques | AMC-Miami

In a previous article, we discussed the history and origins of Swedish Massage. In it, we explained that the name Swedish was misnomer that arose due to translation mix-ups. Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish medical pioneer and founder of the Swedish Gymnastics system, often gets credited with inventing the modality. However, the actual inventor of Swedish Massage is Johann Georg Mezger, a Dutch physician who was noted for studying French massage techniques and their effects on physical healing. It was Mezger, not Ling, who codified the five massage techniques that form the foundation for Swedish Massage. In this article, we will discuss the five techniques of Swedish Massage. … Read More

A Brief History of Massage Therapy | AMC Massage Therapy School | Miami

Massage: The Oldest Medical Practice | AMC-Miami Massage Therapy School Massage Therapy is one of the most commonly practiced forms of holistic medicine.  Massage Therapists heal patients by using their touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. This therapeutic touch is used to relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid with general health and wellness.  According to the most recent data published by the National Center for Health Statistics (CDC-NCHS), approximately 7% of the US adult population received a massage treatment in 2012. That’s approximately 15.4 million people! And it only appears to be growing in popularity. As a profession (in the US), Massage Therapy jobs are predicted to increase by 24 percent between 2016 and 2026. While the numbers are impressive, it should not be particularly surprising that massage therapy is a popular practice.  Massage Therapy has many health benefits, including improved sleep quality, enhanced relaxation, pain relief, decreased stress and inflammation, decreased blood pressure, improvements in injuries and sports injuries, as well as improved mental health. … Read More

How to Get Massage Therapy Certification

Even if you're great at giving your loved ones a good back rub, that doesn't make you a massage therapist. You'll need professional training and massage therapy certification before you can hang out your shingle to open for business or even work for someone else. How do you earn massage therapy certification? One of the first steps is finding a massage therapy school. … Read More

Massage for Wellness: Strengthen Your Immune System

Many health benefits of massage therapy are well known, including increasing range of motion, improving coordination, and reducing stress and anxiety. But many people don't know that massage for wellness also serves as an important immune system booster. People who undergo treatment can experience measurable changes in their immune and endocrine response, making massage a great promoter of wellness and immune health. … Read More

Massage for Wellness: Treating Stress

Stress can have a long-term impact on physical and mental health and many Americans grapple with the condition on a chronic basis. According to the American Institute of Stress, 60% of human illness and disease is caused by stress. Some 44% of Americans say they feel more stress than they did five years ago, and one in five experience symptoms of extreme stress, like heart palpitations, shaking and depression. Stress increases your likelihood of developing other health problems. So what can you do? Using massage for wellness is also a great way to minimize and alleviate stress. … Read More

Considering Massage for High Blood Pressure? It Helps

High blood pressure affects no small number of people — about 70 million people in the United States have the condition. That means approximately one in every three Americans, or 31.3 percent, has high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and nearly half of those aren't properly managing it. High blood pressure increases the likelihood of suffering a heart attack, stroke and other serious health conditions, so it's important to get it under control. … Read More

Looking for Relief? Treat Back Pain With Massage

Massage therapy helps ease chronic low back pain and improves function, according to a new Annals of Internal Medicine trial. This is the first study to compare structural and relaxation (Swedish) massage. The trial found that both types of massage worked well with few side effects. … Read More

Consumers Increasingly Turning to Massage for Wellness

Consumers are increasingly integrating massage therapy into their regular health maintenance routines, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). … Read More

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