Massage

Massage & Integrative Body Treatments

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The practice of using touch as a healing method comes from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. Civilizations in the East and West found that natural healing and massage could heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses. What’s more, it helped reduce stress and produce deep relaxation.

Massage therapy began as a sacred system of natural healing. However, cultural shifts rendered it a disreputable form of indulgence for extensive periods of history. Today, massage therapy stands as a highly respected holistic healing method practiced across the world.

Massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies are often complex mixtures of holistic healing practices involving physical, emotional and spiritual components.

Massage is a modality that consists of structured palpation or movement of the soft tissue of the body. The massage system may include, but is not limited to, such techniques as, stroking, kneading, gliding, percussion, friction, vibration, compression, passive or active stretching within the normal anatomical range of movement; effleurage (either firm or light soothing, stroking movement, without dragging the skin, using either padded parts of fingertips or palms); petrissage (lifting or picking up muscles and rolling the folds of skin); or tapotement (striking with the side of the hand, usually with partly flexed fingers, rhythmic movements with fingers or short rapid movements of sides of the hand). These techniques may be applied with or without the aid of lubricants, salt or herbal preparations, hydromassage, thermal massage or a massage device that mimics or enhances the actions possible by human hands.

In recent years, a wave of studies has documented some incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from touch. This research is suggesting that touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health. From anxiety to headache, stress induced insomnia to fibromyalgia, studies are being done and are concluding there is many benefits to receiving regular massage treatments. Alleviating pain and pain management is time and time again being proven it can be helped by bodywork.

The purpose of the practice of massage is to enhance the general health and well-being of the recipient. Massage does not include the diagnosis of a specific pathology, the prescription of drugs or controlled substances, spinal manipulation or those acts of physical therapy that are outside the scope of massage therapy.

What are the benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Decreases inflammation and allergic reactions
  • Boosts immune function
  • Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
  • Significantly reduces hormones associated with stress and aggressive behavior
  • Enables muscles to quickly recover from exercise, strain or injury
  • Improves circulation (blood and lymph)

Massage can help to reduce and in some cases eliminate:

  • The pain in your _______ (fill in the blank!)
  • Frequency of migraines/headaches
  • Digestive disorders
  • Strains/sprains, overuse of muscles
  • Recovery time from surgery,  sporting events, or injuries
  • Reduce swelling (lymph-edema)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Dependence on pain medication

Increased overall well-being is a benefit you can expect when you invest in a regularly scheduled massage program. These massages will play a huge role in how youthful you will feel with each passing year. In addition to the above-mentioned benefits…

Participating in a regular massage program (at least 1 time a month) can promote:

  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Enhanced mental/emotional perception and clarity
  • Feeling more centered
  • Feeling more in tune with your body

Research continues to show how massage therapy benefits treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, injuries, and the stresses of everyday life.  Take advantage of what this natural healing modality can do for your well-being.

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