Massage oils - The Best Carrier Oils

The carrier oils used in massage are vegetal oils used as a base for incorporating aromatherapy oils. The base makes up more than 90 percent of the massage oil, so its gliding properties, and the rate of absorption in the skin will be majorly determined by it. The carrier should be ultimately the massage therapist's choice, as opposed to the essential oils which should be chosen based on the patient's preferences.

10 key benefits of therapeutic massage

massage in a spa This is a list of key benefits of therapeutic massage. We list the most important benefits, of massage as a healing procedure, and not as recreational. Massage is very underestimated as a preventative medical act, and this is probably one of the biggest misses of massage therapist, to emphasize the prophylactic value of bodywork therapies.

Massage Schools in Canada

Massage therapy is one of the fastest rising occupations in Canada. It is a great career path, with great financial opportunities, and a great working environment. The massage therapist occupation is regulated, and only people with the required training and licensing are allowed to use the term massage therapist when referring to themselves. All provinces have different regulations regarding the necessary training, and the exam at the end of the training. Most of the provinces require between 2000 hours and 3000 hours in British Columbia as a minimum training.

Tapotement or Percussion Massage Technique

Pummeling - Fist  TapotementTapotement is Swedish massage technique consisting of rhythmic percussion movements, administered with the edge of the hand, loose fists, cupped hand, or the fingers. Tapotement is performed in a rhythmic way, with fast pace, usually alternating hands. 
The term Tapotement comes from the French word "tapoter" which means to tap. Tapotement is very often referred to as massage percussion.

Effleurage - The Massage Technique

Effleurage MassageEffleurage is a light massage technique performed in such way that it does not attempt to move the muscles beneath. It is also called gliding. Effleurage is the most used massage movement, it usually starts and ends a massage session and is used as a linking technique between other techniques. Effleurage can be used on any massaged area of the body. Effleurer means in French to touch very lightly, to brush. Despite of the name, the effleurage technique is not necessarily a brush like stroke.

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