My name is Joan, I reside in Lagos State and I work with Apples and Oranges Total Body Therapy and Wellness. I have been a therapist for over 20 years.
Over the years, I have seen virtually all the techniques of massage and bodywork and I’ve also seen its beneficial effects on people. Massages have become an integral part of a healthy lifestyle in our culture. As the client-therapist relationship evolves, we become a healthier, more whole community. I have always felt that massage therapy is a combination of art and science; they are intertwined and inseparable. Having a strong foundation in the Sciences allows the therapist to build a practice with multiple modalities, developing his or her art along the way.
Massages have taught me to value my work and worth. The simple fact that therapists, can help alleviate pain and suffering without medication, just by our touch and presence is priceless. There is now an emerging view of the necessity to begin to also treat with massages, the myofascial system, which controls the muscles and requires specific principles and techniques to release the fascial restrictions that occur from trauma, surgery or thwarted inflammatory responses.
Clients today are more sophisticated and knowledgeable than those of old. They thus expect an educated, conscientious therapist who listens to them and will not hurt them. Clients and their therapists understand communication is key to ensuring a healing experience on all levels.

What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy can be used in different forms to treat various ailments. While massages can be relaxing, massage therapies can also help patients cope with and recover from soft tissue injuries.

Who Offers Massage Therapy?
Both chiropractors and massage therapists provide massage therapy. They are trained in different massaging techniques and know how to use massages to treat different types of injuries.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Massage Therapy?
Anyone who either is suffering from a soft tissue injury or wants to keep their muscles limber might benefit from massage therapy. Massage therapy can be used as a one-time treatment to treat a minor injury, a series of treatments to overcome a more severe injury, or an ongoing regimen to help muscles remain relaxed and flexible.
What Should Patients Look for When Selecting a Massage Therapy Provider?
When deciding whom to see for massage therapy, patients should look for a licensed chiropractor or massage therapist. Licensed providers have demonstrated their expertise in massage therapy and are legally able to provide massage therapy treatments in the state in which they’re licensed.

I can still remember when I gave my first massage. Working on the client’s forehead, I felt something very deep that went beyond the technique I had learned in school. Although I was not really aware of what I was experiencing, after years of practice, I can describe it now as a meditative state, touching both the body and the soul.
For 20 years, this inner connection is at the heart of all the sessions I share. It’s deepened over time, it is the primary ingredient to unite body and spirit, and promotes awareness and healing for a fuller life.

One of the most exciting things I have observed over the past few decades is how massage therapy has blossomed into an amazingly powerful therapy while public recognition of its benefits has become realized. The variety and professionalism of continuing education courses offered, reflects the extension of massage into more advanced forms of therapy like visceral manipulation.
Massage therapists continue to integrate their practices into hospitals, doctors’ and chiropractors’ offices, clinics, sporting arenas and spas. I look ahead enthusiastically to see where the next 30 years take us.

Today, if you need or want a massage, you can choose from 80 massage therapies which all involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers. Sometimes, even forearms, elbows, or feet are used. More and more people 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.
Here is information you can use to help you decide what types of massage will work best for you.

Which Massage Styles Are Best?
You may have noticed that different massage styles are popular at different times. And you may have wondered whether each was just part of a passing fad or the latest, greatest massage technique? Even more important is, how can you tell whether the latest style will actually help you?
Styles used in massage therapy range from long, smooth strokes to short, percussive strokes. Some massage therapists use oils and lotions; others do not. Most massage therapists have clients unclothe for a massage, but some do not. A massage can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours.
Before you can decide which massage, style is best for you, you need to ask yourself a question. Do you simply want a massage for relaxation and stress control? Or do you need symptom relief or help with a certain health condition? Before booking a massage, let the therapist know what you’re looking for and ask which style the therapist uses. Many use more than one style. The therapist may also choose to customize your massage, depending on your age, condition, or any special needs or goals you have.

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