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One and a half hour Massage
Benefits of Massage: Is Bodywork Right For Me?
Massage provides relief to people of all ages—from infants to seniors—and from all walks of life— from the weekend warrior or competitive athlete to the home gardener or overstressed, overworked executive.
Treating the Body
Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension. Massage has been proven beneficial in treating cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain, immunity suppression, spinal cord injury, autism, post-operative care, age-related disorders, infertility, eating disorders, smoking cessation and depression, just to name a few. Here is why: Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. Massage has many physiological effects, such as:
Increasing circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. Stimulating the lymph system, the body's natural defense, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer. Relaxing and softening injured and overused muscles.
Massage is a extremely effective way to naturally address many different conditions by improving the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular skeletal and nervous system.
Massage therapy is a unique in that it has the benefit of being relaxing and therapeutic at the same time allowing you to achieve greater health both physically and mentally.
• Reducing spasms and cramping.
• Increasing joint flexibility.
• Reducing recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminating subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
• Releasing endorphins, the body's natural painkiller. For this reason, massage is being incorporated into treatment for chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
• Reducing post-surgery adhesions and edema, as well as reducing and realigning scar tissue after healing has occurred.
• Improving range of motion and decreasing discomfort for patients with low back pain.
• Relieving pain for migraine sufferers and decreasing the need for medication.
• Contributing to shorter labor and reduced tearing for expectant mothers, as well as lessening the need for medication, minimizing depression and anxiety and shortening hospital stays.
• It is important to note that there are some conditions for which massage is not recommended. Your therapists can discuss these with you personally in your intake interview.
• In some cases, the practitioner may need doctor's permission before providing services.
Treating the Spirit
Massage also provides another therapeutic component largely absent in today's world, touch. In 1986, the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami published groundbreaking research on the effects of massage on premature babies. The preterm babies who received massage therapy showed 47% greater weight gain and six-day shorter hospital stays than the infants who were not receiving massage. But is this study evidence of what loving touch can do spiritually, or rather what massage can do on a physiological level? Regardless, babies are not the only people benefiting from massage. Many adults have reported cathartic experiences on the massage table. As a therapist carefully unwinds a client's stressed and tired muscles, the therapist may very well be unwinding the taut, pent-up emotions that one does not always have time to process in the middle of the day. The feeling of being touched in a safe, caring, compassionate manner can be a very powerful experience, reminding the client that she or he is not alone in the world. As studies continue to reveal the link between kinesiology and physical and emotional health, the effects of massage will be further documented. However, one need only experience a good massage to know it is beneficial to the body and soul.
Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism, and so help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and any resulting structural weaknesses. Massage can stimulate or calm the nervous system-depending upon what is required by the individual-and thus help reduce fatigue, leaving the receiver with a feeling of replenished energy. At its best, massage has the potential to restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually.
What will my Massage Session Include?
Your massage session will include time for you to meet your therapist and inform her or him of any issues or concerns you would like addressed during your massage. It also includes time for you to undress in privacy. Your therapist will knock before re-entering the massage room and then your luxurious massage will begin. The session also includes time for you to re-dress in privacy. At the end of your session, your therapist will greet you as you leave the massage room with a bottle of water, recommendations on beneficial stretches to maximize the benefits of your massage and when to reschedule your next massage.