What is Massage Therapy?

What is Massage Therapy and why is it important?

A massage provides relief from a road map of stress areas in your body. It is often difficult for people to understand the amount of stress they’re carrying around in their bodies until they experience an effective massage. As the body begins to settle into a state of relaxation, it is able to release the stress attained throughout the course of the day. As the massage therapist stretches and loosens muscles, the body’s stress and muscular tension is released.

 

There are both mental and physical benefits to massage therapy.

Physical Benefits:

  • 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
  • Promoted deeper and easier breathing
  • Better circulation of both blood and lymph fluids
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Relief of tension-related or eye-strain headaches
  • Healthier, better nourished skin
  • Improved posture
  • Faster healing from pulled muscles and sprained ligaments
  • Reduces pain, swelling, and formation of scar tissue following injury
  • General health maintenance

Mental Benefits

  • Relaxed state of alertness
  • Reduced mental stress: a calmer mind
  • Greater ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
  • Increased capacity for clearer thinking
  • Feeling of well-being
  • Reduced levels of anxiety
  • Increased awareness of mind-body connection
  • Enhanced self image
  • A sense of being unified and in harmony