THE KEY TO PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE WITH MASSAGE
Massage Therapy is considered one of the oldest of the healing arts. It has been used in ancient times by the Chinese, Greeks and Romans for many years. In the western hemisphere, it was put aside, until it was reintroduced around the 1880's. Since then, its revival has been coming at a slow and steady pace.
Today there is more research showing the positive effects of massage and the improvement in ones health overall as a result of therapeutic massage and bodywork.
SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE INCLUDE:
Reduces stress, tension and anxiety
Therapeutic massage directly affects the nervous system; helps balance the autonomic nervous system by enabling your body to engage the parasympathetic “mode” - rest, healing and calming state in which our body disengages from sympathetic “mode”- stress - to create a balanced state called homeostasis.
2. Improves Circulation
Through tissue manipulation blood circulation throughout the body is improved bringing new and oxygenated blood to areas that once where blocked. This promotes a detox effect in your body.
3. Releases endorphins - the body's natural painkillers
During a massage session, large amounts of endorphins are released into the blood stream. They not only relieve pain, but they also reduce stress, enhance the immune system, and slow down the aging process.
Endorphins are known for creating a sense of wellbeing.
4. Improves Range of Motion, Elasticity and Flexibility
Muscle, tendon, ligament and connective tissue manipulation combined with movement that affects the proprioceptors in the muscles, can improve the ROM and Flexibility while making your body less prone to injury.
5. Assists in recovery from athletic activities and injuries
Massage Therapy helps create the right balance to facilitate faster recovery and healing. Blood and lymph circulation provided by therapeutic massage creates the perfect internal environment for healing. There are a great variety of techniques used for specific injuries, from resistive stretching, lymphatic drainage, Deep Tissue, Sports massage among others.
6. Increases resistance to disease - boosts the immune system –
Therapeutic massage naturally increases your body’s ability to fight bacteria and infection.
All of the effects of massage on your bodily functions combined are a positive chain reaction that sets all of your systems into better functioning; not only at a physical level, but also in your emotional and energetic bodies.
By getting therapeutic massage on a regular basis, you are giving yourself the benefit of not having to cope with the urgent.
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