Have you ever wondered what was so appealing about getting a massage?
...Sure, it’d be nice to get pampered, relax and maybe even take a nap in the middle of a Monday afternoon, because, let’s be honest, who WOULDN’T want to take a nap on a Monday afternoon while receiving a massage, but is that it?
Is relaxing you and putting you in a sleepy state the ONLY thing massage can do for you?
The short answer is no. Massage is so much more than some fluffy strokes and soothing ocean wave sounds, massage is important for bodily maintenance as well as mental well-being.
In 2013 43% of American adults received at least one massage therapy session for medical/health reasons, pain management, soreness, stiffness, spasms, injury rehabilitation and overall wellness. 88% agree that massage therapy is effective in reducing pain.
Physically, massage therapy has the capability of:
Quicken muscular healing
Relax and refresh muscles
Prevent and relieve muscle cramps and spasms and improves the circulation of blood and lymph throughout the body (blood and lymph aid in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells within the body as it enhances the removal of metabolic wastes)
Psychologically, massage therapy can:
Reduce tension and anxiety
Calms the nervous system
Promotes a sense of relaxation and renewed energy
The beauty of massage therapy is there isn’t just one modality of massage. There are dozens of types of massage therapy that can benefit an individual. Throughout your session your therapist may integrate different techniques of various modalities of treatment and you may not even realize it!
Everyone knows about the most popular modalities of treatment: Swedish/Relaxation, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage. But did you know that there is a massage modality using Aromatherapy oils that each have their own unique characteristics and benefits that can assist in relaxation, improvement of circulation and help with the healing of wounds?... Or that there is a modality known as Craniosacral therapy? This modality is a non-invasive, gentle method that your therapist uses to assist the natural movement of fluid within the craniosacral system (system including the bones of the skull and face, spinal cord, and sacrum or tailbone) to encourage the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, improve health, resist disease, and dissolve the negative effects of stress. There is even a modality for expectant mothers! Prenatal massage can help mom with the discomforts of pregnancy, relieve stress and anxiety mom may be having, and most importantly prenatal massage helps mom relax.
There are numerous modalities of massage therapy available, and like fingerprints, no two massages are ever the same. Talk to your licensed massage therapist and get a massage tailored to your specific needs!
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