Why Massage?


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Stress Reduction
A person who is frequently under stressful influences will tend to remain locked into a pattern of stress response, unable to relax or let go. This type of pattern is damaging to the body; as it escalates, it ultimately leads to discomfort or pain. Maintaining these patterns of chronic tension is like leaving the lights on all night - it takes energy; but once it's a habit, we no longer recognize it as such. What we do notice are the aches, pains, fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, PMS, or a host of other stress-related symptoms. Massage promotes the relaxation response of the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, sending messages to the body to relax, slow down, and take a deep breath. Muscle tension is released, circulation is increased and sensory receptors are activated. Areas that have been"cut off" by accumulated stress can begin to feel once again. All of this results in greater body awareness which can help you to more carefully monitor your own body's responses and needs. Living in a more relaxed and balanced body will enable you to better handle the stresses in your life, and nothing can take you back to that state of well-being more quickly than massage.

Sports Massage
Clearly, many massage benefits are of special interest to athletes. Different from general full-body massage, sports massage focuses on the muscles relevant to the particular athletic activity, is shorter in time length, and usually more vigorus.Massage prior to the athletic event loosens, warms and readies the muscles for intensive use, especially when combined with stretching. Besides helping prevent injury, it can improve athletes' performance and endurance. Post-event massage relieves pain, prevents stiffness, and returns the muscles to normal faster.

Health Maintenance
Feel better than you think you could! By keeping mind and body more relaxed and stress-free, hands-on therapies can help prevent illness and raise your health and vitality to a state of wellness. Massage helps integrate body and mind, bringing a sense of emotional well-being.As an adjunct to medical treatment, massage is addressed to specific areas and recommended by doctors and chiropractors for such conditions as backaches, headaches, muscle spasm and pain, hypertension, reduction of swelling, and to maintain circulation and muscle tone for bedridden patients.On-site massage is becoming ever more popular as a way of increasing productivity and morale and decreasing absenteeism in the workplace.


Methods/Modalities

Swedish Massage
Uses a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints. Used primarily for a full-body session: promotes general relaxation, improves circulation and range of motion, relieves muscle tension.

Deep Muscle/Connective Tissue Massage
As the name implies, this treatment releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. Can be used for specific work or full-body.

Acupressure
Oriental-based systems of finger-pressure massage which treat special points along acupuncture "meridians" - the invisible channels of energy flow in the body. Blocked energy along these meridians can cause physical discomforts, so the aim is to release the blocks and re-balance the energy flow. Full body or specific work.

Reflexology
Uses similar principles to acupressure, although it is organized around a system of points on the hands and feet that are thought to correspond, or "reflex" to all areas of the body. Specific, but with full-body effects.


Benefits


Physical Level
Deep relaxation and stress reduction•Relief of muscle tension and stiffness•Reduced muscle spasm and tension•Greater joint flexibility and range of motion•Increased ease and efficiency of movement•Promotes deeper and easier breathing•Better circulation of both blood and lymph fluids•Reduced blood pressure•Relief of tension-related headaches, eyestrain•Healthier, better nourished skin•Improved posture•Faster healing time from pulled muscles and sprained ligaments: reduced spasm, pain and swelling; reduced formation of scar tissue•Strengthened immune system and disease prevention•

Mental Level
Relaxed state of alertness•Reduced mental stress; a calmer mind•Greater ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately•Increased capacity for clearer thinking•Emotional Level•Satisfying the need for caring and nurturing touch•Feeling of well-being•Greater ease of emotional expression•Enhanced self-image•Reduced levels of anxiety•Increased awareness of the mind-body connection•A sense of being unified and in harmony•