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By Graeme Ramsey

Massage therapy was used extensively in ancient civilizations as a source of healing for the body and the mind.

Techniques are used for specific purposes that range from simple relaxation and stress relief, to muscle repair and even as an aid in the treatment of diseases.

Massage therapy has been well documented as an aid to lower blood pressure, alleviating headaches and helping to reduce the incidence of migraines.

Professional sports people use massage therapy extensively to aid in the recover of tissue damage from sports injuries and it has been proven to help bodybuilders gain muscle quicker by assisting in the rejuvenation of muscle cells that have been broken down by intensive weight training.

There are many good massage training schools throughout the country. These schools teach techniques that are suitable for anyone from the average person who is wanting to learn the basics, to those who intend to make massage therapy a profession.

If you are interested in making massage therapy a profession it is advisable to enroll at a registered massage school that is approved by a certified board.

This will ensure that you get a high standard of training and professional ethics are adhered to.

For the professional massage therapist there are the additional costs of massage beds. These massage beds are designed to allow the patient to lie in a comfortable position, without stress on their head and neck, while the masseuse can have good access to the body to allow correct manipulation.

Mobile beds can cost several hundred dollars.

An additional expense is the oil that is required for massage. While there are various different scented oils that are sold through body shops, most professional massage therapists will buy a standard oil in bulk only adding essences when required. For sports massage the standard oils serve the purpose and are more costs effective.

About The Author: Graeme Ramsey is a freelance writer on many different topics including sports and health. www.massage-therapy-information.info