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What Are The Benefits Of Massage And Bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being. Link to my ABMP webpage: https://www.massagetherapy.com/get-a-massage/kellymariemartin.
Massage Therapy Encourages Relaxation
The body can produce an unhealthy buildup of hormones when we’re stuck in traffic or meeting a work deadline. Pent-up levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol can lead to sleeplessness, headaches and even digestive problems. Enter massage therapy.
Massage has been shown to decrease cortisol in the body. This allows the body to enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode: an effect that lingers long after the massage is over. In fact, massage triggers a host of brain chemistry responses that can result in lasting feelings of relaxation, lowered stress and improved mood.
The Treasured Birth massage therapist offers a variety of relaxing massage therapy styles and techniques to help kick start the relaxation process. In addition to encouraging relaxation, ongoing massage therapy can reduce pain, increase energy levels and improve overall physical and mental performance. We customize every massage session to address your individual needs.
Benefits of Improved Relaxation
Massage Therapy Manages Pain of Chronic Conditions
People with chronic pain often turn to massage therapy to help naturally improve their quality of life. Most people go to massage therapists to reduce pain. With a massage there is a natural release of serotonin, which is the body’s natural production of anti-pain chemicals. An aggravating factor in chronic pain can be a lack of deep, restorative sleep. Massage is very effective at increasing deep sleep. With more deep sleep, you have less pain.
Fibromyalgia and arthritis are two chronic pain syndromes that can be positively impacted by massage therapy. For people looking to naturally manage their chronic pain, massage therapy can improve quality of life by impacting mood as well as manage the pain. When you live with chronic pain, having a toolbox of strategies you turn to for pain relief is important. Massage can be a powerful tool for relaxing both mind and body.
Benefits of Managing Chronic Pain
Massage Therapy Improves Flexibility
Muscle injuries are more common now than they were 50 years ago. That’s not because we’re exercising harder. It’s because we’re more sedentary. What’s worse, as we age our joints tend to tighten, making range of motion and flexibility even more restricted.
Massage therapy is a beneficial treatment for maintaining and improving flexibility and motion. By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints, regular massage can improve your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more fluid and making them less injury prone.
As you can see, massage is a great way to relax stressed muscles, stimulate blood flow and improve flexibility. This includes doing regular daily stretching. One benefit of stretching is an improvement of blood circulation, which aids in illness recovery and disease prevention. Elongating muscles will also improve posture and your joints’ range of motion. Stretching and massage are even more important for someone who is physically active. Loose muscles are less prone to strains and sprains during physical activity. Additionally incorporating massage and stretching into a fitness routine will help reduce soreness after a workout. Stretching beforehand will allow greater freedom of movement when exercising and longer workout periods because it helps prevent a buildup of lactic acid in your blood. Regular post-workout massages can then aid in the recovery and relaxation process.
Benefits of Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion
Massage Therapy Relaxes Muscles
We’ve all suffered from the soreness associated with an overly exuberant exercise session. But did you know that most Americans experience neck, back and muscle pain from another less-strenuous activity? Surprisingly, it’s sitting.
Chronic back pain, which is the second most common cause of disability and a top reason for missing work, can be the result of improper posture while sitting and standing.
Additionally, carrying extra weight, poor posture, and repetitive or overuse movements can put strain on the back and other sensitive areas. This strain often results in spasms, tense muscles and pain in your upper back, hips, glutes and hamstrings. So the question is: what relaxes muscles?
Massage (or muscular therapy) gets to the root of the pain by relaxing tense muscles and increasing flexibility. Massage encourages blood flow to the affected muscles, which can bring oxygen and nutrients for healing.
Muscular therapy also releases endorphins and boosts your levels of serotonin and dopamine, all hormones your body produces to help you feel good, promote healing and pain management, and calm your nerves.
Benefits of Relaxed Muscles
Massage Therapy Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other medical condition. Here are some common misconceptions according to the American Heart Association:
Myth: High blood pressure has many symptoms
Fact: High blood pressure has NO symptoms. That’s why it’s often called the silent killer.
Myth: High blood pressure is a man’s problem
Fact: High blood pressure can be anyone’s problem. In fact, women need to be aware of certain things that may put them at greater risk than men
Myth: You don’t need to have your high blood pressure checked until you reach middle age.
Fact: Children as young as six can have high blood pressure. It’s a good idea to start having your blood pressure checked at an early age.
A naturally effective way to avoid high blood pressure is to receive regular massage therapy. Long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower sources for depression, anxiety and hostility.
Benefits of Lower Blood Pressure
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Where Will My Massage or Bodywork Session Take Place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music can be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Who Will Perform The Massage or Bodywork?
Your session will be conducted by Kelly Martin, ABMP Certified Massage Therapist. She is a professional who has received proper training in a variety of techniques. In the State of Minnesota, bodywork practitioners are locally regulated. Although no two massages are exactly alike, you may request a certain technique or modality.
How Will I Feel After The Massage Or Bodywork Session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity, which can last for several days. Toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage and it is recommended that you drink plenty of water afterwards.
Are There Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Or Bodywork Inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that before you begin your session, the practitioner will ask you some general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. A referral or written approval may be required from your doctor to receive massage and body work.
Are There Different Kinds Of Massage And Bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork. Various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Ask Kelly Martin, Treasured Birth’s Massage practitioner about the methods she uses.
How Long Will The Session Last?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial area-focused massage session. An example of this is a massage that focuses only on the neck and shoulders, back, or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60 –minute to 90-minute session for optimal results and relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to, and after your massage session.