Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or if you have cancer or unexplained pain.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, in 2018, approximately 19% of Americans had some form of massage.. And, they have a wide range of reasons for doing so. More and more people -- especially baby boomers -- recognize the health benefits of massage. They choose from among many massage styles to get relief from symptoms or to heal injuries, to help with certain health conditions, and to promote overall wellness.
Before you can determine which type of massage is right for you you must ask yourself one question. Do you just need a massage to help with stress control and relaxation? Do you require symptom relief, or assistance with a medical condition? You should let the therapist understand your goals and inquire about the preferred style of massage. Many massage therapists may use multiple styles. You can request that your massage be customized by your therapist depending on your age, your condition, and any goals or special needs you may have.