Benefits of Massage:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety - Besides a good nature walk in Falls
    Park, massage is a wonderful way to relieve your body of stress. Massage
    increases serotonin production, easing anxiety and depression. Elevated levels
    of the stress hormone cortisol have been clinically shown in trials to
    directly suppress immune system functioning and have been directly linked to
    depression, stress and many diseases including cancer. Take preventative action
    or compliment traditional medicine with a stress-reducing massage.

 

  •   Ease migraine headaches - Massage therapy decreased the occurrence of
    headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms and increased serotonin
    levels in adults with migraine headaches.   Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T.,
    Dieter, J., Swerdlow. & Diego, M., (1998). Migraine headaches were reduced
    by massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 96,
    1-11.

 

  •  Increases joint flexibility - Thai Massage is especially good for this, because there are a lot of arm and leg stretches, creating space to open up the joints and stimulate synovial fluid production. The fluid provides for more cushion adding a spring to your step and lubicration, reducing that grinding feeling in the rotator cuff.  Even if you don't like stretches, gentle movements of the limbs help, too.

 

  • Improves rest and sleep - Massage shifts the balance from the
    sympathetic (fight or flight response) to the parasympathetic, which allows us
    to rest and repair. Often, massage can be so relaxing that clients often fall
    asleep during their session!

 

  •  Increases circulation in overused muscles - Sports enthusiasts and
    athletes
    alike benefit from massage 24 hours before an event or after
    exercising.  Soreness is greatly reduced by increasing blood flow especially to
    the muscle groups targeted during the workout or sporting event. Increased
    circulation means  faster repair of tissues and easier removal of the body's
    metabolic wastes (like phosphates, CO2, and nitrogen compounds).

 

  •  Helps Mothers-to-Be relax and prepare - Expectant mothers can
    appreciate a good pregnancy massage for so many reasons: stabilization of
    hormone levels, an increase of lympathic circulation reducing fatigue, sedation
    of the nervous system for much-needed rest and relaxation, and increased blood
    flow throughout the body, including the placenta. (This short list is referenced
    from Elaine Stillerman's book Mother Massage).

 

  • Reduces spasms and cramping - The combination of proper nutrition and
    a good massage will increase the blood flow to chronically tight (aka ischemic) 
    muscles, so they get the nutrients they have long been needing. 

 

  • Facilitates the body’s natural detoxification process  - Massage
    improves the lymphatic system's circulation, which plays a crucial role in your
    body's ability to heal from illness and injury. Negative effects of lymph
    stagnation can include oedema (water retention), frequent colds, and headaches. 
    Periodic detoxing (e.g. two weeks each spring and fall) is highly complimented
    by massage.  ***If your immune system is already taxed or you're taking any
    prescription medications, it is especially important to consult your doctor
    before beginning your detox program.*** 

 

  • Relaxes the body, mind, mood, and spirit - Sometimes we all just need
    to stop and take time to surrender to relaxation.  Let the mind wander, allow
    the spirit to flourish and feel all bodily tension melt away. 

 

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