Massage: a Healing Tool and Treatment
Massage as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. Touching is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and for conveying compassion and support. Massage is a “hands on” treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health and well being. It has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage affects the body as whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous system.
What Massage Can Do For You
Several studies show massage decreases the stress hormone cortisol and increases the feel good hormones serotonin and dopamine which mean less stress, anxiety, and depression. Massage also seems to ease distress from migraine, relaxes and softens overused and injured muscles, as well as the body tenderness seen with fibromyalgia.
Research now suggests massage can ease insomnia, boost immunity, lower blood pressure, increases blood flow to the muscles, block your nervous system’s pain receptors stress, and more. Massage helps ward off bugs by boosting your “natural killer cells,” the immune system’s first line of defense against invading illness. We know that cortisol destroys natural killer cells and since massage decreases cortisol, your immune cells get a boost.
Different Styles of Massage
We specialize in the following varieties of massage:
|Swedish Massage||A variety of strokes and pressure techniques are used to enhance the flow of blood to the heart, remove waste products from the tissues, stretch ligaments and tendons, and ease physical and emotional tension.|
|Deep Tissue Massage||Similar to Swedish Massage but with a deeper pressure and is often used to repair injured muscles.|
|Pregnancy Massage||Similar to Swedish Massage but in a side lying position.|
|Trigger Points||Trigger points are hypersensitive, tightened spots which can occur in any muscle. These spots or nodules are found within a taut band in the muscle. Trigger points cause pain, tingling, burning, weakness and other symptoms. They have a special property called referred pain. This means that they cause pain right where they are and referred pain in other areas.|
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