Massage Therapy has Many Benefits
Massage therapy has many benefits throughout time. Massage therapy began as a sacred System of Natural Healing and is recognized as one of the oldest method of healing with references in medical text dating back about 4,000 years ago. Massage is Holistic, it treats the mind, body and spirit. Massage Therapy uses manual manipulation to the soft tissue and the muscular structure.
All techniques are used for the benefit of the Nervous system, Lymphatic, Circulatory, Musculoskeletal system.
The Benefits of Massage
These are some specific benefits of massage:
- Increased circulation
- Decrease in blood pressure
- Increased motility; improved range of motion
- Muscle pain relief
- Improved skin tone
- Stress reduction
- Sleep improvement
- Massage therapist Headache relief
- Lymphatic drainage
Of course, the primary benefit that is most known of massage is relaxation. However, therapeutically, many people benefit from massage that have joint or muscle pain. Muscle tension – if left unattended results in sprains or compressed discs. Mental stress can be a big contributor to tension in the body, When too much tension and stress builds up it can cause a heart attack. When physical tightness and pain are relieved, we feel relaxed, we can breathe better and are much nicer to those around us!
Massage therapy techniques are called Modalities. The types of massage are numerous and fall across many areas of focus. Examples are:
- Deep tissue massage
- Sports therapy/massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Myofascial release
- Neuromuscular massage
- Thai/Asian Bodywork/Shiatsu
- Tui Na (Chinese medical massage)
- Prenatal massage
How does Massage Therapy treat the body?
The massage therapist uses many modalities to relieve pain, reset muscles, reeducate the muscles, increase range of motion, relax and elongate your tight muscles.
How does Massage Therapy treat the mind?
We all know how active our monkey mind can be. When you are receiving massage your mind can take some time off, think of nothing, do nothing and get relaxed. It is your time to receive nurturing, peace, support and energy.
How does Massage Therapy treat the Spirit?
Many people have reported a cathartic experience on the massage table. As the massage therapist unwinds a client’s stress and tight muscles, the pent up emotions can be released and the healing power of being touched in a caring and compassionate way can be a very powerful experience to help remind the client they are not alone in the world.
As technological society advances the need for human contact increases.
Massage Thereapy continues to respond to that need. Touch is healing.