There's no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic or the reasons we seek it out, a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management; massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. Furthermore, patients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
Who should participate in massage therapy?
Massage therapy is beneficial to all types of people, whether you are suffering from an injury or just need to do something yourself.
1. Massage and Maintenance:
Maintains relaxation, improves sleep, helps achievement and maintenance of a comfortable and proper posture for the body, and helps prevent daily stress and tension from building up in muscles and joints.
2. Massage as Prevention
Helps to prevent and decrease chances of sport and overuse injuries. Increases blood and nutrients to muscles and bones.
3. Massage as Relaxation:
Use whenever you feel you need it. Helps to manage stress and tension, decreases head and body aches, increases self-awareness, improves body image, and increases circulation
What types of massage do you offer?
- Deep tissue
- Lymphatic brushing
- Pre & Post Natal
- Hot Stone
What is Lymphatic brushing?
Lymphedema is characterized by swelling and fluid accumulation in the head, arm, leg, and/or trunk. This can be caused by a variety of causes including surgery, trauma, radiation, chronic venous problems, and heredity. Lymphatic brushing exfoliates skin, nitrifies, stimulates the lymph system, drains edema, helps healing and recovery, and reduces pain and swelling.
What are the potential benefits of massage?
- Decrease stress
- Improves sleep & relaxation
- Increases self-awareness
- Improves mental function
- Increases circulation & lymphatic flow
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits?
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn't mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
- Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
- Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
- Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
- Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat postsurgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.