What is massage..

Massage therapy is the systematized manipulation of soft tissues for the purpose of normalizing them. Practitioners use a variety of physical methods including applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, or causing movement to the body. Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms, elbows, feet or tools. The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being. Touch is the core ingredient of massage therapy and also combines science and art. Practitioners learn specific techniques for massage and use their sense of touch to determine the right amount of pressure to apply to each person and locate areas of tension and other soft-tissue problems. Touch also conveys a sense of caring, an important component in the healing relationship.

Numerous studies have shown how touch will facilitate a healthier and longer life for humans, actually all living organisms. Simple and intuitive touch is enough to stimulate the nervous system and release endorphins, to release tension and promote relaxation. It does not have to be a full body massage, this can be whatever you are comfortable with, maybe a hand shake or a hug. Just remember, WE NEED TOUCH!

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Benefits of massage
  • Massage promotes circulation: Massage can increase blood flow in areas that might be ischemic (lacking blood flow) and therefore help relieve pain.

  • Massage decreases pain from Trigger Points: Trigger Points are areas of hyper-irritable tissue that are very tender and also can refer pain to other areas of the body. Trigger Point Therapy or Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) can help decrease the pain and referrals into the neck and head.

  • Massage relieves muscle spasms/tension: Massage can help loosen chronically tight muscles and taught bands of tissue. This helps with muscle balance and neck alignment. Also, loosening the muscles that attach to the base of the skull (sub-occipitals) can relieve the tension headaches that travel up the back of the head and into the eye and the vice-like constricting headaches so many people suffer from.

  • Massage helps regulate certain hormones: Massage therapy has shown to decrease levels of the stress hormone Cortisol. Massage therapy also increases endorphins and stimulates the Para-Sympathetic Nervous system, therefore promoting relaxation. Because of this hormone effect, massage therapy can improve the quality of your sleep. It is a happy little cycle: decrease stress = better sleep = fewer headaches = decrease stress =……and so on and so forth.

  • Migraines: The research is unclear exactly why massage therapy helps those who suffer migraine headaches. However, in multiple studies, massage therapy was shown to decrease the frequency and duration of migraines.

MIND

  • Fosters peace of mind

  • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness

  • Helps relieve mental stress

  • Improves ability to monitor stress signals and appropriate responses

  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity

BODY

  • Relieves stress and promotes relaxation

  • Reduces muscle tension and stiffness

  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy and cancer treatment

  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and stretched ligaments

  • Breaks up scar tissue

  • Reduces pain, swelling, and muscle spasms

  • Increases joint flexibility and range of motion

  • Enhances athletic performance by treating injuries during sport

  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing

  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Improves posture

  • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Treats musculoskeletal issues

  • Rehabilitation post operation or surgery