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Relief Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Comprehensive health management

 

Definition:  Massage Therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved and physical dysfunction and pain can be relieved or prevented through the use of massage therapy.

Believe it or not, massage is something we all do naturally every day of our lives.  Whether it's rubbing an aching shoulder or stroking a banged knee, we all try to alleviate our aches and pains with our hands. A  Massage THERAPIST, uses her knowledge of the body (anatomy, pathology, kinesiology, neurology, physiology, Microbiology, and Endocrinology,)  with a specific treatment goal in mind.

Massage is one of the most natural ways to de-stress the human body.  With the increasing physical and emotional pressures of modern living making relentless demands on the body, massage has the potential to reduce strain and alleviate pain as well as help you to refocus on yourself.  It is also invaluable in the preventive treatment of sporting and performing injuries.  Everyone, young or old, can experience the benefits of massage.


How can Massage Help You and what to expect 

Generally, people use massage for either general relaxation and wellbeing, or to address a specific complaint, such as pain or limited range of motion. Research suggests massage therapy may contribute to both goals.

Some of the general benefits of massage therapy may include:

♦Physical relaxation
♦Improved circulation, which nourishes cells and improves waste elimination
♦Relief for tight muscles (knots) and other aches and pains
♦Release of nerve compression (carpel tunnel, sciatica)
♦Greater flexibility and range of motion
♦Enhanced energy and vitality
♦Some clinical styles may help heal scar tissue as well as tendon, ligament, and muscle tears

Decreases pain and increases functioning in these conditions:

♦Carpal tunnel
♦Sciatica
♦Tension headaches
♦Whiplash
♦Scoliosis
♦Torticollis
♦Tendon and muscle tears
♦Thoracic outlet syndrome
♦Varicose veins
♦Pregnancy-related back pain and other discomfort
♦Myofascial pain
♦Sore or overused muscles (prevents and treats)
♦Muscle injury (offers rehabilitation)

Other psychological,  emotional, and physical benefits:

♦Improved mood
♦Reduced anxiety
♦Lower stress levels
♦Lessening of depression
♦Reduced anger and aggression
♦Improved sleep patterns and decreased sleep disturbance
♦Reduced fatigue
♦Enhances immune system
♦Improves athletic performance and enhances recovery

How massage helped Jennifer relax

Jen is getting married in a week and is feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the planning and upcoming activities. She decides to get a massage..

 Jen states that she primarily needs some time to recharge, get centered, rejuvenate, refresh, and float away.  Jen chooses the music and type of oil, and she and the therapist agree that the session will be for relaxation only,  and they both agreed not to talk to facilitate relaxation.

The therapist suggests that Jen stops thinking about all the things that need to be done, consciously set aside her to-do list, and focus on quieting her mind and relaxing her body by slowing her breathing. At the end of session, Jen is revitalized and confident that she will be able to manage all her tasks before the wedding.  To preserve her sense of peace and relaxation, Jen decides not to run errands right away, but to go straight home and relax.

How massage helped Thomas with his headaches

Thomas is a 60-year old accountant, as tax season approaches and Thomas becomes very busy at work, he doesn’t have time for his outside activities, and he notices that he gets more headaches that are more intense.

Thomas calls his  massage therapist to schedule an appointment.  The therapist suggests a combination of  trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and relaxation massage.

After the session, Thomas feels a sense of relaxation because his headache is completely gone. He has the energy to go back to the office and complete working on the account. .