Q. Why choose massage and other body work for your healthcare?
In today’s healthcare, consumers are looking for alternate and effective methods to assist in the management of their health. Massage is a great modality to use in conjunction with traditional methods of healthcare management. When used together, they have fantastic healing effects for individuals that are battling an array of acute and chronic ailments.
Massage is an intricate therapeutic modality that touches upon all systems of our human structure. It involves the manipulation of muscles for relaxation and manipulation of joints to increase range of motion. Massage also involves working with the largest organ of the body, the skin. The skin is our protector, our regulator and our largest sensor for both good and bad stimulus. Massage enhances our parasympathetic nervous system and encourages a calmness to our sympathetic nervous system. With the power of touch and massage we are able to connect the mind body and spirit by working with all the connective tissue of the body to create a sense of relaxation, interconnection and facilitate healing.
Q. What are the benefits to massage therapy?
Massage is often considered a luxury rather than a standard practice in our healthcare management. Studies have proven that there are many varied benefits with the use of massage to help manage multiple health conditions such as, anxiety and depression, digestive disorders, headaches, fibromyalgia, soft tissue injuries, chronic pain and fatigue, and arthritis.
- Alleviate Stress
- Increase relaxation
- Alleviate pain
- Reduce Anxiety
- Improve range of motion
- Ease medication dependence
- Enhance the immune response
- Improve circulation
- Enhance mood
- Improve sleep quality
- Reduce headaches
- Decrease muscle tension and spasm
- Promote tissue regeneration, with scar and wound healing
- Release Endorphins, the body’s natural pain reducer
- Improve conditions of the skin, the bodies largest organ
Q. How does massage work?
Massage causes physiological changes in your body through relaxation.
When in a relaxed state, your heart and breathing rate slow, your blood pressure goes down, your production of stress hormones decreases, and your muscles relax. When in a state of relaxation the body also seems to increase the available level of serotonin, which is a chemical in the body that positively affects emotions and thoughts. With relaxation it may decrease the physical effects of stress and reduce the risks associated with stress, such as hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety, insomnia, persistent fatigue, sexual dysfunction, digestive disorders, and psychological issues just to name a few.
The physical manipulation in massage has two major physical effects:
- Increase in blood and lymph circulation
- Relaxation and normalization of the soft tissue (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments), which releases nerves and deeper connective tissues
Massage is believed to improve blood and lymph circulation. This is probably due partly to the physical manipulation of soft tissue and partly to the chemicals released as part of the relaxation response.
Improved circulation can enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. As cellular health improves, tissues function more efficiently. More efficient functioning leads to the removal of waste products and may increase the absorption of excess fluids and reduce swelling in soft tissues.
Massage therapy relaxes muscle tissue, which reduces painful contractions and spasms. Massage can also reduce nerve compression. To understand this, consider that when muscles are contracted, they sometimes compress the nerves around them. When these muscles are relaxed, the nerves are no longer compressed, and, in theory, can get proper nutrients and operate more efficiently. The nerves can assume their normal work of transmitting messages to and from the brain, which improves functioning of the muscles and organs.
Touching the skin or applying pressure relaxes muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In addition, while some of the deeper tissues of the body, such as deep spinal musculature, cannot be easily accessed by a massage therapist, the release of more superficial layers of muscles may also affect these deeper layers. This can lead to both superficial and deep tissues finding a better alignment and balance.
Organs can also benefit from massage, as they share neurological pain pathways with muscles, bones, and nerves. When muscles, bones, or nerves are distressed, organs can sometimes reflect distress and dysfunction. For example, low back pain can intensify menstrual cramps and menstrual cramps can cause low back muscles to tense. Massage can therefore improve symptoms associated with the functioning of both the organ and the muscles
Q. What is included in the session time?
A session consists of massage or the modality chosen, time for you to dress and undress and mostly time to communicate with your therapist to customize the treatment to meet your specific needs. This is done to ensure each and every session you receive meets or exceeds your expectations.
Q. Must I be completely undressed?
You should undress to your comfort level. It is the personal preference of the individual as to whether they fully undress or keep undergarments on. You will undress and dress in the privacy of your massage room and will be securely covered by a blanket and a sheet during your massage session.
Q. Can anyone receive massage therapy?
Yes, massage therapy is appropriate for all individuals of all ages, including infants, children, and the elderly; however, there are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate. A Licensed Massage Therapist is trained to recognize these cases.
Many massage therapists treat a variety of diseases and disorders while other massage therapists concentrate on certain conditions (fibromyalgia) or groups of people such as athletes, performers, women during pregnancy (including labor and delivery), infants and children. When booking your first consultation, be sure that the massage therapist is the right choice for you.