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Massage Therapy

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Massage therapy is the stroking and kneading of the body's soft tissue to promote a feeling of relaxation, stimulate the circulation and lymphatic system, alleviate stress, relieve pain and facilitate healing from injury.

There are a number of different forms of massage, including:

  • classical/Swedish massage
  • deep tissue massage
  • Eastern massage (including Shiatsu and acupressure)
  • Indian head massage and Thai massage

Some other therapies, such as physiotherapy are derived from massage techniques.

The therapy works by stimulating receptors in the skin to trigger the release of endorphins (natural chemicals that make you feel good). Conditions which may benefit include backache, joint disorders, insomnia, headaches, high blood pressure and digestive disorders such as IBS. It is calming and relaxing for people suffering from stress and can help to prevent pressure sores in bedridden patients.

Massage therapies are currently unregulated in the UK so it is very important to choose a practitioner carefully.

The General Council for Massage Therapy (GCMT) is the governing body for massage and soft tissue therapies that form all bodyworks and soft tissue techniques in the UK.

GCMT members define the massage core curriculum which is now a key requirement of Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) registration.

Massage Therapy UK is not a massage therapy association or professional body but their website contains information, advice and guidelines on massage, complementary therapies and has a directory of practitioners.

 For more information follow the link to visit the website.


Contact Details

Address:
General Council for Massage Therapy
27 Old Gloucester Road
London
Postcode:
WC1N 3XX
Telephone:
0870 850 4452
Email:
gcmt@btconnect.com

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Last Updated:
08/03/2017

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