Many of the therapeutic effects of massage recognized by personal and clinical experience over the years have been supported by scientific research. In addition to the commonly known benefits or relaxation, improved circulation and relief for muscle tension, new applications for therapeutic massage are surfacing in areas related to mental and emotion well-being.
Therapeutic massage is an age-old remedy and health practice. It is found in all major civilizations as past and present. From the ancient Greek gymnasia and Roman baths to modern day spas and health clubs, massage has been recognized for its health enhancing effects. The healing systems of many cultures, including our own, use hands-on therapy to soothe aches and pains and facilitate the body’s own healing powers.
From infancy to old age, massage has been found to enhance general health and well-being. Therapeutic massage has many applications and variations. Because it is used for health promotion as well as for its curative aspect, it can be truthfully be said “If you have a body, you can benefit from therapeutic massage.”
Many of the therapeutic effects of massage recognized by personal and clinical experience over the years have been supported by scientific research. In addition to the commonly known benefits of relaxation, improved circulation, and relief from muscle tension, new applications for therapeutic massage are surfacing in areas related to mental and emotional well-being, infant care, aging, and other special situations. Exciting new discoveries link touch in general, and therapeutic massage in particular, to improve immune system functioning.
BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
Enhances General Health
Therapeutic massage can be an important component of your health maintenance or wellness plan. It helps keep the body and mind functioning optimally.
- Promotes well-nourished and health skin
- Improves circulation of blood and lymph
- Relaxes muscles and improves joint mobility
- Encourages general relaxation
- Improves immune system functioning
- Improves energy flow.
Alleviates Problem Conditions
Therapeutic massage can help relieve certain common physical problems, and help bring the body back to optimal functioning.
Supports Your Fitness or Sports Program
Therapeutic massage can be an important adjunct to a fitness or sports program, helping you achieve your performance goals with minimum injury and pain.
Combats the Negative Effects of Aging
Therapeutic massage is effective in combating the negative effects of aging noticed in the middle to late years of life. It helps keep body tissues and basic functions in a more youthful state.
Relieves the Effects of Stress
Therapeutic massage helps balance the effects of stress in our lives, and avoid stress related disease and dysfunction.
Therapeutic massage can help in certain temporary or long-term situations which cause unique physical and mental challenges.
Compliments Other Health Care
Therapeutic massage is frequently used to enhance the beneficial effects of other types of health care.
Prior to your massage it is best that you refrain from eating for several hours. Your body will be more at rest and respond effectively to your massage.
There is very little else you need to do except relax. We encourage patients to do a simple breathing technique while being massaged to maximize its benefits and increase relaxation.
When the massage therapist works an area of tension, consciously try to relax it. Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose visualizing the breath flowing to the tense spot and releasing the pressure. Exhale fully through the mouth and visualize the tension leaving your body with your breath. Close your eyes and become aware of your body and breathing pattern, which should be slow, deep and even.
Before your massage begins the Massage Therapist would like to know about any area of your body which may be tense, sore, or injured. It is also important for the Massage Therapist to know about any medical condition such as recent surgery, broken bones, high blood pressure, or heart problems which may require special attention.
During your massage conversation should be minimal. Good massage requires concentration on the part of the Massage Therapist and relaxation on yours; therefore, conversation should focus mostly on your massage.
The best way to receive a massage is with your body completely unclothed. However, you may choose to keep your underwear on. Whatever you decide, the Massage Therapist is respectful of your need for privacy and will keep your body draped with a sheet, except the area of your body being massaged.
The environment for your massage should be peaceful and comfortable. Please report distractions of any kind, whether from physical discomfort, room temperature, volume of music, or any other source.
The benefits of massage can be enjoyed by all. People need to be touched, from birth and throughout life. Touch is perhaps the oldest therapy known to human kind. The following are just a few ways in which therapeutic massage can benefit the maintenance, performance, and balance of the human being.
- Acts as a “mechanical cleanser”, stimulating circulation and speeding up he elimination of wastes and toxic debris
- Relaxes muscle spasm and helps relieve tension
- Increases blood supply and nutrition to muscles
- Helps prevent buildup of harmful “fatigue” products caused by strenuous exercise or injury
- Stretches connective tissue, improves its circulation, and nutrition
- Helps to make you feel good