Benefits of Massage Therapy
Research shows that massage reduces muscle tension, increases circulation and calms the nervous system. The benefits of regular massage include:
Types of Massage
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
CranioSacral Therapy is a light touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole body health and performance.
Relaxation massage is a gentle Swedish massage that uses smooth, gliding strokes to help you relax. The massage therapist will move at a slower pace and use lighter pressure.
The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome, and maternal health.
Geriatric Massage (Also referred to as Healing Touch or Comfort Touch Massage)
These modalities complement the mature populations special needs. Whether you are active or frail, your massage will be specific to your need.
Massage is an excellent way to enhance quality of life for someone you love. It can help restore feeling of self acceptance and self esteem to a person whose body has been invaded by a debilitating, perhaps disfiguring disease. It addresses feelings of isolation and loneliness. The right touch at the right moment can be far more effect than words in acknowledging a persons suffering, and offering comfort and support. Home visits appointments are available by request.
Massage Therapy & Stress
Massage therapy can be beneficial for relieving stress related symptoms, This occurs for many reasons, but primarily as a result of the following:
- The Relaxation Response may be induced by massage. This reverses the damage physiological effects of distress resulting in slower heart rate, lower blood pressure, better circulation to internal organs and warmer skin temperature. This also promotes a feeling of well-being and reduction in anxiety.
- Muscular Relaxation occurs during massage as circulation to tight muscles is increased and the pain associated with chronic tension is relieved. Increased circulation brings more oxygen and nutrients needed for relaxation to muscles, and helps rid congested areas of metabolic waste. Decreased pain results from normalized circulation and the release of the body's own painkillers (endorphin's) during massage. These factors allow chronically tight muscles to loosen while also calming the nerves. Massage helps eliminate the "knots" often found in tense shoulders and necks. Because it induces general and muscular relaxation. massage produces a break in the accumulation of stress related symptoms. The negative effects of prolonged stress are reduced as the body and mind return to a more normal resting state for a time before confronting stressors that are sure to come in modern living.
- Body Awareness is enhanced during massage, helping to restore the balance between body and mind frequently lost in stressful situations. During periods of mental or emotional stress, it is quite natural to literally get "stuck in our heads." Massage helps to reconnect our body and mind, thus promoting their function as an efficient, balanced, and productive unit. With increased awareness of the relaxation physical and mental state, an out-of balance or distressed condition is more readily detected and can be corrected before it builds for too long.