Massage has long been considered a Healing Art and has ancient roots stemming back over 5,000 years in such civilizations as China, East India, Japan, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Today, Massage is a blend between ancient techniques and modern science, but its purpose remains the same; to promote a feeling of physical, mental, and emotional well-being.


Massage Reduces The Effects Of Stress

Nearly all visits to primary care doctors are for stress related problems. Headaches, backaches, depression, anger, anxiety, ulcers, high blood pressure, irritability and even difficulty concentrating are all effects of stress. Massage counteracts the body's negative response to stress by relaxing muscles, relieving tension and bringing heart rate back to normal.

Massage Relaxes Tight Muscles

The muscles in the body can become damaged in a variety of ways: long hours at the computer, behind the wheel of a car and in front of a TV are some of the common ways muscles become stressed resulting from poor posture which can lead to poor circulation and even greater injury.

Massage therapy stretches and loosens tight muscles and connective tissue, breaking down and preventing further formation of adhesions,  thus increasing range of motion and reducing the dangers of fibrosis.

Massage Strengthens The Immune System

The lymphatic system plays a major role in healing injuries and defending the body from infections and cancer. Keeping it healthy is very important. A majority of people suffer from a sluggish lymphatic system. Less-active lifestyles and aging are two of the culprits.

Massage therapy improves not only the circulation of the blood but increases the circulation of the lymph as well, speeding up recovery from injuries, illness, and infection.

Massage Decreases Chronic Pain

Many feel they have no choice but to live with chronic pain without relief. Massage decreases levels of chronic pain and in some cases even reverse the cause of the condition. DEPRESSION often accompanies conditions of chronic pain, which can be lessened dramatically by endorphin stimulus, another benefit of massage.

The massage therapist's trained touch activates the nerve receptor signals along the myelinated nerve fibers to temporarily block chronic pain signals from reaching the brain. Through this stimulation, the body's own natural painkillers (endorphins) are released into the brain and nervous system, reducing the feeling of pain and discomfort, (accomplished without the use of drugs)!

Massage Increases Blood Circulation

A tight muscle is like a sponge that has been squeezed so tightly it cannot readily hold fluid or allow fluid to pass through tissue. This decreased flow of fluid through the muscle means a decrease in the circulation of blood and increased heart strain. This can cause serious problems to the heart as well as less obvious symptoms such as fatigue and listlessness.

Massage therapy relaxes the overly contracted muscles and helps flush the venous blood flow back up towards the heart. This therapy eases the strain on vital organs and increases the body's ability to produce red blood cells, which in turn increases the level of oxygen that is carried to the muscles. The improved circulation of blood and oxygen can now remove metabolic waste more efficiently leaving the cells, muscles, and ultimately the whole body feeling revitalized.

Massage Helps You to Sleep Better

Emotional, physical and psychological stress can inhibit the body from relaxing and getting proper rest at the end of the day. Disruptive sleep can leave one tired and irritable, as this is when the body builds and repairs itself from an active day. When this happens night after night, the body begins to break down physically and is far more susceptible to injury and illness and weakening the immune system.

Massage therapy relaxes tense muscles and calms the nervous system, thus causing the body's rhythms to slow down. As your body slows down, your blood pressure lowers, your heart rate settles, and your breathing becomes deeper and more rhythmic, creating the ideal conditions for a good night sleep.

Massage Helps Athletic Performance

Athletes abuse their bodies more than most people. Proper care of the body will ensure a longer, active lifestyle. Muscles can become strained, tired, and inflamed during strenuous activity. During this period, metabolic waste production is increased and trapped in the muscles, creating soreness, sluggishness and cramping.

Massage helps injured areas heal faster by increasing blood flow and relaxing the muscles around strained areas. Metabolic waste is then carried away more quickly and muscles recover faster. Massage also steps up endorphin production, creating a psychological lift for the athlete.

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