Massage Therapy

What if an hour of massage did more for you than just take the pressures of the day away? What if that gentle, Swedish massage helped you combat cancer? What if bodywork helped you recover from a strained hamstring in half the time? What if your sleep, digestion, and mood all improved with massage and body work? Read ahead and we will tell you all about how massage and bodywork can do all these things and so much more for you and your health!

Evidence is showing that the more massage you can allow yourself, the better you'll feel. Touching is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and for conveying compassion and support. We now have scientific proof of the benefits of massage -- benefits ranging from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles. Having a massage does more than just relax your body and mind -- there are specific physiological and psychological changes that occur, and even more so when massage is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy and not simply a mere luxury.

In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive, and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. Here is just a brief list of research based benefits of massage and body work:

  • Increase circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into the tissues and vital organs
  • Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer. Furthermore, increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ -- the skin
  • Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
  • Reduces spasms and cramping
  • Increases joint flexibility
  • Reduces recovery time and helps prepare the body for a strenuous workouts, reducing subsequent muscle pain of athletes at any level
  • Releases endorphins -- the body's natural pain killer -- and is proving very beneficial in patients with chronic illness, injury, and post-op pain
  • Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occured
  • Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain
  • Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication
  • Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion
  • Asissts with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as reduces the need for medication, eases postpartum depression and anxiety, and contributes to a shorter hospital stay.

The benefits of massage are diverse. No matter how great it feels, massage isn't just a luxury: it's a necessity!!

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