Benefits of Massage

Relaxation is only the tip of the health iceberg

Why Choose Massage Therapy?

The benefits of professional massage therapy are wide-ranging. Although you may seek out massage therapy for one reason, you may discover other positive benefits.

Pain Control / Reduction / Elimination

Massage therapy can reduce and/or manage pain from various sources by addressing the source, breaking the pain cycle, and altering how pain is processed in the nervous system.

Massage therapy can be effective against pain from:

  • trauma
  • post-surgery
  • headaches
  • fibromyalgia
  • arthritis
  • terminal illness
  • poor posture

Psychological Well-Being

Massage can be an effective long-term strategy to manage tension, stress, and anxiety. In numerous studies, The Touch Research Institute has shown that the effects of regular massage on the clinically depressed have had the following positive effects:

  • improved sleep patterns,
  • lowered depression and anxiety
  • lowered stress hormone levels

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Muscle and Joint Repair and Maintenance

Using various targeted methods, massage can specifically address muscle and joint pain. A customized massage approach can result in

  • relaxed and nourished muscles
  • spasm reduction
  • stretching muscles for optimal joint range,
  • knot reduction
  • separation of adhered tissues

Improved Blood Circulation

By reducing the “fight or flight” response in the body, massage has a reflexive and positive effect on vascular circulation and blood pressure.

Hydrotherapy is a powerful modality which affects circulation dramatically and should be used with caution in people who have circulatory or heart problems.

Improved Lymphatic Circulation

Swelling can be caused by injuries (such as a sprained ankle), repetitive strains, pregnancy, or by remaining sedentary for long periods of time – on bed rest, for example, or due to frequent travelling.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) massage decreases swelling and associated pain by removing metabolic wastes and excess fluid from the body tissues. This also helps reduce the formation of scar tissue.

Improved Breathing

Using highly specific techniques, facial steam, and positioning, massage can loosen mucus in the lungs and improve clearance to help with chest expansion and breathing. These techniques are effective for those with asthma, chronic bronchitis, or for those trying to recover from a deep chest cold.

Breathing muscles that are tight and short from overuse due to coughing and wheezing can also benefit from massage.

Stronger Immune System

Massage reduces stress hormones both immediately and over time, allowing the immune system to function at a higher capacity.

Massage can also help promote the movement of lymphatic fluid (and its associated cellular waste and pathogens). This allows the fluid to be filtered and cleaned before it gets recycled back into the venous system, releasing a drag on the immune system.