Massage therapy offers a drug-free, non-invasive and holistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Massage has many physiological effects, such as:
- Increases circulation, bringing enriching nutrients to the tissues and removing wastes for elimination.
- Promotes body awareness and reinforces the mind/body connection.
- Stimulates the lymphatic system, the body’s natural defense, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
- Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing.
- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles.
- Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion.
- Reduces muscle spasms and cramping.
- Releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. For this reason, massage is being incorporated into treatment for chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
- Promotes proper scar tissue formation.
- Reduces recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminating subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
- Enables faster healing of soft connective tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments)
- Reduces pain and swelling.
- Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain.
- Reduces tension in tight muscles and elongates shortened tissues.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Helps to relieve pain for migraine sufferers and decreasing the need for medication.
- Calms the nervous system and combats stress and anxiety.
- Promotes sleep.
- And, a relaxing massage feels great!
How does massage therapy work?
Massage therapy affects the body as a whole, primarily your soft tissues, nervous system and circulation. Massage helps to loosen contracted, shortened muscles and stimulate weak, flaccid ones. This muscle balancing helps restore posture and promote more efficient movement. Massage also provides a gentle stretching action to both the muscles and connective tissues that surround and support the body, helping to keep these tissues soft and elastic. All forms of massage help to deactivate the sympathetic nervous system, thereby relieving stress while improving digestion, sleep, and immune function. Massage also increases the circulation of both blood and lymph, supplying fresh oxygen and nutrients that assist in eliminating toxins and waste products.
This sounds great! What do I do to book an appointment?
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