The Benefits of Massage Therapy

Below are the top 12 medicinal benefits of massages…

Chronic Pain

People with chronic pain often turn to massage therapy to help naturally improve their quality of life. Massage can increase a person’s serotonin level, which causes the body to reduce pain naturally. Around 35 percent of all people who receive massages experience less pain associated with stiffness, soreness, injuries, and chronic health conditions. Massages have been found to effectively relax muscles and stiff joints. Massages also reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome characterized by generalized pain, joint rigidity, intense fatigue, sleep alterations, headache, and muscle spasms. One study by the University of Miami School of Medicine found that massage therapy helped people with fibromyalgia feel more relaxed and helped with tender point pain and decreased their levels of substance P (a substance that sends pain signals around your body).

Back Pain

When the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at different solutions for chronic lower back pain, the researchers found that massage was the most effective treatment for reducing back pain.

Diabetes

Massage therapy has been recommended for diabetes for over 100 years, helping to restore proper use of insulin, and lowering inflammation.

Reduces Depression, Anxiety & Fatigue

Massage therapy has been shown to help lower stress, eliminate depression, and improve fatigue. Studies have found that the presence of depression is often triggered by active and chronic pain and that depression alone leads to muscle tension and pain which can be very painful to live with on a daily basis.

Arthritis Pain

A massage that involves applying light pressure to your joints and the tiny pressure receptors under your skin could help ease your arthritis pain. Massage can increase blood flow to your joints and boost your circulation throughout your body, which could help increase your mobility and flexibility.

Improves Posture

Sitting in front of a computer all day or standing on your feet enduring hours of manual labor can cause tension in the neck and back. This can result in poor posture. Massages can help the body to reinforce healthy and natural movements. Your muscles can relax and loosen with a massage and allow your body to position itself in a natural pain-free posture.

Relieves Headaches

Massage on a regular basis helps relax and de-stress the body. This alternative method reduces the chances of experiencing migraine attacks and tension headaches significantly by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points. It can also ease the pressure brought on during a migraine or tension-related headaches. By focusing on the neck, shoulders, and head, massage can decrease the pain and discomfort brought on by a migraine or tension headaches.

Can Help Lower High Blood Pressure & Improve Blood Circulation

Massages can enhance blood flow, lower blood pressure, and improve body function. Better blood circulation is part of the chain reaction that occurs in the body as a result of receiving massage therapy on a regular basis.

Improve Flexibility

Massage can stimulate the production of the body’s natural lubricants to keep flexibility at a maximum. By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints, massages can improve your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more fluid and making them less injury-prone.

Enhances Athletic Performance

Certain types of massages including sports massages are specifically designed to enhance athletic performance. It’s common today for athletes to receive massages at the arenas or training sites to help establish blood flow and to warm up muscles prior to a game or an event.

Improves ADHD

Massages have been found to be effective for treating ADHD. In a recent study, ADHD adolescents who took ten massage treatment classes for two weeks rated themselves as more content than those in comparison who participated in recreation therapy. Researchers found that patients with ADHD were less squirmy, and teachers noticed more on-task behavior when compared with the recreation therapy group.

Helps with Insomnia

Massage can increase serotonin levels, which can naturally help individuals to experience a good night's sleep.

Massages are becoming increasingly more and more popular as people are realizing the powerful medicinal benefits that massages have to offer. Unlike medications, massages have no long or short-term side-effects. Not only does it feel good, but it can also improve your health and quality of life.

Originally published at thecompleteherbalguide.com

— Published on September 6, 2017

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Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

Designed to improve circulation, relieve muscle tension, and reduce stress through total body relaxation.

 This is a "T.L.C" type massage.

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General Therapeutic Massage

General Therapeutic Massage

Designed to increase the blood and oxygen helping to eliminate toxins from the tissue. Trigger point therapy, effleurage, kneading, and wringing relaxes muscle spasms breaks up scar tissue and relieves tension increasing flexibility and range of motion leaving your body totally nurtured, refreshed, and balanced.

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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Also Designed to increase the blood and oxygen helping to eliminate toxins from the tissue. Slower deeper strokes of effleurage, Trigger point therapy, kneading and wringing relax muscle spasms breaks up scar tissue and relieves tension increasing flexibility and range of motion leaving your body totally nurtured, refreshed, and balanced. Each penetrating stroke floods the muscles, organ tissue, and system with new blood and oxygen to increase the healing potential of the body.

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Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy

A trigger point is an area of a muscle that when compressed produces pain or other neurological sensations within the area touched or another area of the body. A trigger point can be caused by injury, poor posture, repetitive motion, or emotional stress. When releasing the muscle of its tension, the client's comfort level is always addressed: feedback between the therapist and client is essential. Because this type of massage deals with specific muscles in detail, it is not an overall body massage. The intention is to interrupt the pain cycle in a particular area of the body. The client often learns how one part of the body may be affecting another part even though it seems not related.

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Polarity Therapy

Polarity Therapy

Polarity Therapy asserts that the flow and balance of energy in the human body is the foundation of good health, which is experienced when energy systems function in their natural state, and energy flows smoothly without significant blockage or fixation. In a typical session, the practitioner assesses energetic attributes using palpation, observation, and interview methods. Sessions do not require disrobing and involve soft touch, some rocking as well as point specific touch.

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Lomi Lomi

Lomi Lomi

(Hawaiian) Massage Lomi Lomi literally means "knead-knead" Sunty Margaret who is one of the oldest and widely recognized teachers of Lomi Lomi has this definition which is: 'The Loving Touch- a connection of hearth hands and soul with the source of all life." Students of Lomi Lomi learn to flow the love from the heart, through the hands, to connect with the soul of the one receiving the massage. Healing is increased by love, love received, and love given. The Lomi Lomi technique focused on finding congested areas in the body and dispersing them by moving the palms, thumbs knuckles, and forearms in rhythmic, dance-like motions. Setting the intention for healing

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Reflexology

Reflexology

Feet are your foundation.  Reflexology nurtures them.  It is designed to break up and flush the toxins that accumulate in your feet and organs, helping to facilitate better circulation & reduce pain in other parts of the body, increase overall well-being and bring deep relaxation to the whole body.

This is a great addition to any other service.

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage

This treatment uses gentle, repetitive strokes to facilitate the lymphatic system. It is a specialized massage that is sometimes referred to as a ‘detox massage’, supporting your body’s internal filtration system to help keep your immune system in check.

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Myofascial Energetic Massage

Myofascial Energetic Massage

This technique reduces the tension of the fascia- the connective tissue of the body. This tissue overlies muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. Tight fascia restricts blood flow and movement causing pain and dysfunction. As the fascia loosens, it allows the therapist to better reach underlying muscles. The result is more fluid movement and increased range of motion.

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