Massage therapy refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily hands, forearms or elbows. These techniques are used to the benefit of various systems of the body, such as musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous for example.
Physical and Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy
relaxes the whole body
loosens tight muscles
relieves tired and aching muscles
increases flexibility and range of motion
diminishes chronic pain
calms the nervous system
lowers blood pressure
lowers heart rate
enhances skin tone
assists in recovery from injuries and illness
strengthens the immune system
reduces tension headaches
reduces mental stress
promotes restful sleep
aids in mental relaxation
helps manage side effects of drug treatments
helps relieve the physical symptoms of diseases such as lymphadema
Who can benefit from Massage Therapy?
Everyone can benefit from massage therapy that is aimed toward their specific need, whether they are recovering from an injury, coping with the day to day stresses of life, or looking to feel the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.