What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy uses the application of various manual techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body; specifically, the application of manipulation techniques intended to reduce stress and improve circulation and mobility.
What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
Massage can help release chronic muscle pain and tension, increase circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical stress and fatigue, promote quicker recovery of injured muscle tissue, and improve body posture over time. Massage has also been known to reduce anxiety, improve concentration, and promote an overall sense of well being. Help athletes, prepare for, and recover from strenuous workout sessions, reduce spasms and cramping.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
• Decreased anxiety
• Enhanced sleep quality
• Greater energy
• Improved concentration
• Increased circulation
• Reduced fatigue
What Can Massage Therapy Do for Me?
In an age of technical and impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Massage can help specifically address a number of health issues:
• Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs;
• Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders. Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body’s largest organ — the skin;
• Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles;
• Reduces spasms and cramping;
• Increases joint flexibility;
• Reduces recovery time and helps prepare the body for strenuous workouts, reducing subsequent muscle pain of athletes at any level;
• Releases endorphins — the body’s natural painkiller — and is proving very beneficial in patients with chronic illness, injury, and post-op pain;
• Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred;
• Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain;
• Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication;
• Lessen depression and anxiety;
• Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion;
• Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as reduces the need for medication, eases postpartum depression and anxiety, and contributes to a shorter hospital stay.
The benefits of massage are diverse. No matter how great it feels, massage isn’t just a luxury; it’s a health necessity.
We have three massage therapists who are trained in many different modalities to treat difficult conditions such as back, neck, shoulder or hip related pain. The massage therapists can work on specific areas, full body or relaxation massage. No referral for massage is needed to set up an appointment with any of our therapists. You and the therapist will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body will benefit from massage. A typical full body massage includes attention to your head, shoulders, arms, hands, abdominals, legs, feet, and back.
Massage therapy is not a substitute for medical care or examination. Massage therapists are not qualified to diagnose, prescribe, or perform spinal or skeletal adjustments.