Getting a 마사지 or massage is more than just a whim in South Korea, because getting a massage is a way of life in SoKor cities and in many stressful urban areas.
As a matter of fact, the massage business has become an industry on its own, with as many as 50,000 massage shops operating across the country, whilst employing more that 300,000 workers.
SoKor’s massage industry continues to flourish since many in South Korea have grown accustomed to getting massage therapies as their strategy to living a healthier and happier life. Moreover, the medical community has been recommending massage therapies as part of recovery treatments from major injuries, surgeries and disorders.
Massage Therapy as Postoperative Treatment
Recovery from major surgeries is often complicated by the occurrence of pain that many patients cannot manage easily. Complications can in fact cause delays in a patient’s return to normal life. Fortunately studies have shown that massage therapy can deliver a variety of helpful and healthful benefits that help patients recover from the debilitating effects of surgeries.
Reducing postoperative pain, stress and anxiety while at the same time,
1. Intensifying the release of endorphins, the neurotransmitters that convey messages of wellness and well-being as sympathetic responses to postoperative pain.
2. Decreasing the need to take doses of analgesics as pain relievers.
3. Aid in the realignment of joints and muscle ligaments.
4. Decreasing inflammation.
5. Helping the patient regain full control of one’s motions but with reduced or no discomfort at all.
Choosing a Type of Massage Therapy in South Korea
When visiting South Korea as part of a postoperative vacation to recover from a major surgery, be wise in choosing a massage clinic and the kind of massage therapy to select. Actually, choosing the right kind of massage depends on the following:
The postoperative injuries that have not yet healed;
The reason for having the massage therapy;
The price you are willing to pay for the type of massage you will request.
Three Types of Traditional Massage in South Korea
Korean Full-Body Massage – This traditional massage has been practiced in South Korea for thousands of years. Each session lasts for about 45 to 60 minutes in which therapists use essential oils with natural healing prowess. As a customer on whose body the essential oils will be applied, you will choose the essential oil that the massage therapists will use.
Korean Hand Massage– This type of traditional Korean massage focuses on the hands and the acupuncture points to stimulate by way of massage. The purpose of which is to release the build up of stresses on the neck, face and neck and ears.
Korean Foot Massage in this massage therapy, the therapist will at first, rub the back of your foot to the back of your neck or abdomen. The technique is explained as a fast method of providing relief to the pain in the neck, shoulder and back. If the massage technique is applied regularly, it will help boost feelings of body relaxation.