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Wrong erconomics, stress, hard training etc. cause tension to muscles. Tense muscle is usually sore and painful. Muscletension can also cause headache, dissiness, numbness and radiating pain to upper and lower limbs and recuded mobility to joints and vertebrae. To these problems massage is excellent help!

Classic massage
The term massage means the therapeutic manual handling of tissues. The techniques used in massage include brushing, friction, squeezing, tapping and vibrating. In addition shaking and rolling can be used. To massage can also be added passive stretching, heat treatment and trigger-point handling. Usually massage is used to relieve pains from physical exercises or tensions caused by injuries.
The effects of massage are various, mainly it influences by increasing the metabolism in the tissues.

Effects of massage:
• Increased blood circulation
• Increasing of metabolism and quicker removal of slag.
• Increased lymphatic circulation
• Increasing of elasticity
• Relaxing/provoking the nervous system
• Removing swelling

Reasons for massage:
• Muscletension
• Headaches
• Tired or stuffy muscle
• Muscle and tissue illnesses
• Rheumatic diseases
• Trauma
• Relaxing
Reasons to avoid massage:
• Acute trauma
• Infections; virus, bacteria or fungus based rashes
• Vein thrombosis
• Fever and/or flu
• Artificial arteries and joints
• Active rheumatoid arthrosis or muscle Arthritis
• Cancer or other serious disease (ask your doctor or consult your masseur)
Sportmassage is modified from classic massage to suit especially for athletes. The massage helps to relax and to concentrate on upcoming exercise or race and boosts the performance making the maximumresult possible. With massage also the readiness to compete is increased. With sportmassage you enhance recovery from exercise and prevent injuries. You can also add passive stretching to massage to increase the elasticity of the muscles. This way you make sure of muscle performance in exercise and the optimal muscle improvement.

The goals of sportmassage are:
• Preparing to exercise or event
• Improving and quickening the recovery
• Preventing injuries
• Speeding the healing from injuries
• Improving and keeping the elasticity of tendons and ligaments
• Early finding and removing muscletension and muscle tightness
• Helping relaxing and concentrating

Trigger-point massage

Triggerpoint is a painful point in muscle or it's membrane, which radiates pain usually to the same area and sometimes quite distant area from triggerpoint. Ex. triggerpoint in the calfmuscle may radiate to face and triggers in the muscles surrounding the shoulderblade radiate to arms causing pain and numbness. Sternocleidomastid muscle trigger radiates pain to base of the eye. Triggers in the buttocks cause dull pain and numbness to legs and buttocks. Triggers also cause loss of musclepower, sweating and insomnia. And it is also typical that painkillers don't properly help on triggerpains.
In trigger-point massage the treatment may be done in couple of different ways. The point may be pressed continuously for about a minute, so the trigger "melts" away under the finger. The point may also be massaged vigorously for few seconds, visit the surrounding area and then return back to the point several times until it melts away. I use the technique where the trigger is moved away by streching and massaging the muscle and muscletissue.