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Massage involves acting and manipulating the patient's body with

 pressure (structured, unstructured, stationary, and/or moving), tension, motion, or vibration done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as, lymphatic vessels, and/or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet, as far as there are over 80 different types of massage. [5] The most cited reasons for introducing massage was patient demand and clinical effectiveness.


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California Institute of Massage & Spa Services
730 Broadway Sonoma, Ca. 95476  707 939-9431


Calistoga Massage School 
Steven L Ticen DC
2801 Yulupa Ave # B, Santa Rosa, CA 707 542-4577

Lifestream Massage School
Napa CA 94559 707 226-2090

Napa Valley School of Massage  The
1131 Trancas St. Napa, California 94558 
707 253-0627

Sebastopol Massage Center
108 N Main, Sebastopol, Ca 707 823-3550

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Theories behind what massage might do include blocking pain signals to the brain (gate control theory), activating the parasympathetic nervous system, stimulating the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph, and improving sleep.

Massage can be performed by a professional Massage Therapist, or by other health care professionals, such as Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Athletic trainers, and/or Physical Therapists. Massage therapists work in hospitals as allied health professioners, in nursing homes, sports and fitness facilities, spas, beauty salons, cruise ships, private offices, and travel to private residences or businesses. Contraindications to massage include, deep vein thrombosis, bleeding disorders or taking blood thinners such as Warfarin, damaged blood vessels, weakened bones from cancer, osteoporosis, or fractures, and fever.

In professional settings, massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting upright in a massage chair, or lying on a pad on the floor. Except for modalities such as Acupressure, Shiatsu, Tui Na, Thai Massage, or Barefoot Deep Tissue, the massage subject is generally unclothed or partially unclothed, also referred to as disrobed, and their body would be "draped" with towels or sheets.
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