There are many types of massage, done by various techniques. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how massages work, their benefits and risks, and much more.
Topics in Complementary and Alternative Therapies (PDQ®): Complementary and alternative medicine - Patient Information [NCI]-Mind-Body Therapies and Massage
Aromatherapy and Essential OilsAromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants (flowers, herbs, or trees) as therapy to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Patients with cancer use aromatherapy mainly as supportive care to improve their quality of life, such as lowering stress and anxiety. Aromatherapy may be combined with other complementary treatments (e.g., massage and acupuncture) as well as with standard treatment. See the PDQ patient summary on Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for more information.Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps patients change their behavior by changing the way they think and feel about certain things. CBT may be helpful in treating many side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Thinking and behavioral interventions focus on positive thoughts and images instead of negative thoughts and behaviors. Patients may gain a sense of control and develop coping skills to
Acupressure Points and Massage Treatment
WebMD takes a look at acupressure, a traditional Chinese therapy that may be used to relieve pain, nausea, and depression.
Massage Therapy Styles and Health Benefits
WebMD examines different styles of massage, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone. Find out why they're done and what their health benefits are.
Massage Therapy-Topic Overview
What is massage?Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. Massage may be helpful in reducing tension and pain, improving blood flow, and encouraging relaxation. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. There are at least 80 different types of massage. Some are gentle, and some are very active and
Massage Therapy for Stress Relief and Much More
Experts describe massage tips you can try on yourself to ease headaches, back pain, and to help you relax.
Try a Healing Touch Massage
To relax before a big game or exam, or just unwind from the stress of being a teenager, try a Swedish, deep tissue or Shiatsu massage.
Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain
If you have chronic pain and are looking for alternatives to medication and surgery, you have a lot of options. Alternative pain treatments that doctors once scoffed at are now standard at many pain centers.
Pregnant and Pampered: Moms-to-be Splurge on Spa Treatment
Whether for pregnancy massages, facials, private yoga sessions or the more traditional “mani-pedi” (manicure-pedicure) combo, women are indulging in maternity spa treatments around the country.
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