The word “massage” in English comes from way back.
There’s a French meaning for the word that they took from the Arabic word, “massa” which comes from the same Latin word that means “mass or dough”.
However, the oldest known origin of the English word “massage” comes from the Biblical Hebrew word “me-sakj” which means “to anoint with oil.”
Massage Therapy is known to promote health and well-being and is probably the oldest healing discipline known to man.
Therapeutic Massage promotes healing to tired and aching muscles and gives relief to aching joints, and it’s good for you!
Having said that… there’s a saying in our Armed Forces that proclaims “Pain is just weakness leaving the Body”.
Tight and aching muscles not only cause pain but can make you feel lethargic, lose energy, productivity and sometimes can have a major affect on your lifestyle and family life.
Pain is there to tell you something. It’s telling you that something is nor right and something should be done about it. Fortunately, many of our lads and girls in uniform who cross my table realise this, and address the problem before it becomes too debilitating. It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s showing the sense to do something positive to address a potential problem and actually improve their stamina at the same time.
In my clinic, patients mark a chart showing where pain exists. Quite often, I’ll suggest they place an ‘x’ on the calves. The response is often “Oh, they’re alright”, but when I start to work on them, it’s a different matter. It’s amazing just how many Trigger Points I find and often hear “Where in the world did they come from?”
Usually, pain in the body is a manifestation of a problem somewhere else.
Tight hip flexor muscles across the front of the hips or weak abdominal muscles often are a significant contributor to lower back pain. Muscle tightness in the chest often leads to pain in the neck, shoulders and mid back.
One joint hip flexor muscles (ie the Iliopsoas group) goes from the side of the spine from mid to lower back and down across the front of the hips to the top of the legs. When they are tight, they tilt the hips forward, which causes the smaller muscles in the lower back (from the top of the hips to the spine) to also tighten by default. This is where you feel sore.
Think about the sore lower back you get after driving or sitting at a desk for several hours without a break.
When you get up to stretch, you generally lean backwards, not forwards. In other words, you stretch your hip flexor muscles… across the front of your hips… to make your back feel better.
If the spine is too rigid from tight muscles, then the muscles moving the shoulder blades need to work harder and can fatigue or become sore.
Pain in your back, shoulders or knees is usually due to tight or strained muscles in those areas but, in fact, it is often the hip flexors that have caused those muscles to be tight in the first place.
There are times though, when the pain is simply because muscles have been pushed to their limits and are making you pay.
If you regularly endure headaches – muscle contraction, tension or migraine – there’s a strong chance tight muscles other than just those in your neck and shoulders are a contributing factor.
Therapeutic massage improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.
If you’ve never tried massage, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. Give me a call and arrange an appointment for some annointment… today.