‘Massage’ is a French word that describes kneading [as in kneading for bread]. And certainly that is essentially what massage is. The kneading action is a way of pressing and manipulating muscle tissues, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, and skin. Also manipulated are at times the lymph systems and organs.
Though most generally the hands, fingers and arms of the therapist are utilised, in other kinds of massage, even the elbows, knees, and feet can be applied. Sometimes other devices, such as vibrators are used and even stones. Oils and lotions are generally utilized to lubricate the skin and the person receiving massage is usually laid on a table, partially unclothed, and occasionally partially covered by towels.
In distinct components of the world distinct sorts of massage have been created and legislation and education varies tremendously from country to nation.
In Canada the qualification essential for a trained therapist is called a ‘Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)’. Only a handful of provinces regulate massage therapy in Canada. They are British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador. Their requirements, education and instruction are among the highest in Northern America.
Most US states call for massage therapists to be licensed, but the sort of qualification varies greatly according to the variety of massage method. There are more than a thousand diverse sorts of degree, diploma or certificate. So the regulations and needs differ from state to state. Nonetheless a move is now afoot to generate an umbrella body with unified requirements, and at present 13 states have joined this organisation.
In some parts of Mexico prostitution is legalised and sexual massage services are sold legally. Nonetheless, other sorts of massage are linked to faith and holistic healing. Massage with oils and lotions and occasionally combined with acupuncture are employed to relieve digestive problems and discomfort.
In China, with exception of classic Chinese medicine massages, most parlours are unregulated and some are fronts for prostitution.
In India The AYUSH Division is the physique accountable for licensing massage therapists. They operate as portion of the Ministry of Well being and Family members Welfare.
Japanese shiatsu is the type of massage that is regulated, but oil massage and Thai massage are unregulated. Some of these are used as fronts for prostitution.
South Korea is distinctive in that only visually impaired folks are permitted to turn out to be massage therapists.
Though massage in New Zealand is not regulated, there are two recognised varieties of massage. One is aimed at relaxation and the other at orthopedic or remedial relief. Each kinds have needed competency levels and registration, even although there is no governmental umbrella body of regulation.
In Europe, France calls for a study period of three years and two examinations for qualification and a license in massage.
Germany is even a lot more detailed in its requirements for specialist massage therapists. In reality, a certified massage therapist is trained in many health-related skills and has a thorough knowledge of physiology and the body’s range of movement, and requirements only about eighteen months additional study to turn out to be a totally fledged physiotherapist.
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By Rachel and Aaron on 2006-12-11 22:07:26