Massage is the practice of applying pressure, tension, motion, or vibration to the skin, muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy is the use of massage to obtain therapeutic effects.
There are many different massage techniques and practices. For example some forms of massage involve gentle stroking and kneading of the skin, while others involve much firmer, deeper pressure on the muscles. Some forms of massage are restricted to certain parts of the body, such as the head or feet, while others are applied to the whole body.
Massage is often used alongside other techniques, such as aromatherapy, as part of a wider, holistic programme. The supporters of massage and massage therapy claim that they can be used to help individuals with autism who have a variety of problems including social and attentive behaviour issues, anxiety issues, sleep problems and some physical well being problems such as bowel movements.
This glossary is designed to explain some of the jargon and gobbledygook used by some people when they talk about autism or research..
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