Wherever you participate in massage therapy, whether at a sports therapy clinic, a massage studio, at your local salon or at a resort spa, you will likely be positioned on a massage table. The therapist or practitioner will stand tableside and stretch his arms and hands out to massage various sections of your neck, shoulders, back, legs and arms, moving around the table as needed. Massage tables are specially designed to ensure the safety of both the practitioners and their clients, along with maintaining client comfort. Some massage tables are multi-purpose, and may be used for additional non-massage services in spas and salons. They are also used in acupuncture studios.
Massage is believed to support healing, boost energy and reduce recovery time after an injury. It can ease pain, and is useful for many musculoskeletal problems such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, sprains and strains, and lower back pain. It can also be used in nurseries, in elder care facilities and hospice palliative care settings. Massage is known to reduce stress and enhance mental alertness in the workplace, and may also relieve the depression suffered with chronic fatigue syndrome. Massage may enhance feelings of wellbeing by stimulating the release of natural painkillers and mood elevators (endorphins) and by reducing the level of certain stress hormones. As always, consult with your physician before undertaking a course of massage therapy.