Why is Massage so beneficial?

March 17, 2017 7:27 pm Published by

There are so many benefits to Massage. If we view Massage as a treatment rather than an indulgence, would we value it more and therefore, view it in a different light?

I know… we all have a visual of a Massage room. Some see it as a relaxing place. Others, a table in a closed space with a strong Therapist waiting to treat us. These visuals are somewhat true, but even so, there are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular Massage Therapy. Whether you need a moment of relaxation, reduced muscle tension or relief from chronic pain, Massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life!

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The physical, emotional and mental benefits of regular Massage should be enough to get us in the door right? With traditional Swedish Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Cupping, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Pregnancy Massage, etc. we now have a variety of Massage choices so we are able to mix and match our Massage needs. We all have our own preferences, and we want to maximize our needs and benefits.

There may also be preference as to who will be performing your treatment. Massage Therapists are trained in various techniques and styles of Massage. We offer outstanding Therapists, so take the time to decide what it is you want out of a Massage and then you can properly match the Therapist. After all, you want to be as comfortable as you can with your treatment and your Therapist.

Do you recognize any similarity with this visual below and where you are feeling symptoms? Are you experiencing pain in areas of your body that may be related to postural stress in the workplace, physical activity routines, running routines or sleep related issues of imbalance. I’m sure you do.

Massage is one of the traditional healing arts that is performed by hand. In this sense, healing means to make healthy, whole or sound. It also means to enhance our health and well-being. If we utilize this healing art, chances are we can heal and enhance our bodies, minds and emotions.

In reviewing the body chart above, Massage can certainly make you feel much better. How can this be? How can we be affected by Massage? Here is a list of Massage benefits that may convince you to book a Massage today:

  1. Massage improves the overall health of cells and tissues in the body assisting in the tissue repair process.
  2. Massage causes connective tissue to become more fluid and pliable. It can also prevent some connective tissue abnormalities and dysfunction. By utilizing certain Massage techniques, an “unsticking” can occur, releasing adhering fascial tissues.
  3. Massage improves overall function of organ systems by the use of techniques that stimulate the sensory receptors in the skin and exocrine glands (i.e. sweat glands, sebaceous glands).
  4. Massage promotes good joint mobility and flexibility, and proper alignment of the skeletal system. Improving local circulation, Massage alleviates some of the negative effects of underactivity and overactivity of the muscular system.
  5. Massage improves the function of the circulatory and lymphatic systems by helping to move fluids through the systems.
  6. Massage improves respiratory system function by enhancing general circulation and relaxing muscles of respiration (i.e. external intercostals, diaphragm).
  7. Psychological effects of Massage include increased mental clarity, reduced anxiety, emotional release and increased feelings of well-being.
  8. Prenatal Massage can meet the needs of pregnant women and relieve some of the discomforts related to pregnancy.

Massage Therapy has been utilized for thousands of years aiding ancient cultures that believed in its medical benefits. In fact, the first written records of Massage Therapy are found in China and Egypt dating back to 2700 BC. Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and especially Indian culture practiced Massage Therapy as a part of their medical tradition.

Hindus used the art of healing touch in their practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word, translates to “life health” or “life science”. It is regarded as the basis of holistic medicine, combining meditation, relaxation and aromatherapy.

As a Massage Therapist, the healing touch is something that has always interested me. Scientists are discovering how truly important it is to exercise all our physical senses for proper brain and emotional development. All kinds of touch, from a very light touch to a deep tissue Massage, can and will send our brains the physical inputs it needs to make sense of the world around us.

Touch is the basis of Massage. Our tactile ability enables treatment to be the best that it can be. It’s extremely important to make your Therapist aware of the pressure they use to treat your condition. A greater or softer pressure can always be made to adjust to your needs.

The connection of body, mind and emotions has profound implications when studying the effects of Massage. Massage is called a body-centered Therapy, because it works primarily through touch and movement to create its effects.

Today there is talk about our quality of life. Do we live to work or do we work to live? Is there a balance between work, rest and play? Our quality of life is dependent on these factors.

Massage Therapy is a comprehensive intervention involving a range of techniques administered to soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of Massage Therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain (Massage Therapy Act, 1991). It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.

You should know that you have a healing power right at your fingertips. The simple act of touching, a human touch with a healing intent, is so powerful that it can slow your heart rate, decrease your blood pressure and strengthen your immune system! You are a superhero!

So why Massage? Massage is necessary. Massage is powerful in a healing sense. So many conditions can be resolved or managed over time with it.

Now, if someone asks you, “Why Massage?” Tell them why! Book a Massage today with Fifth Ave Physio.

Submitted by

Rick Hofmann RMT, CBT

REFERENCES:

Patricia J. Benjamin & Frances M. Tappan (2005) Tappan’s handbook of healing massage techniques: Classic, holistic, and emerging methods, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.

Rattray & Ludwig (2005) Clinical massage therapy: Understanding, assessing, and treating over 70 conditions, 11th ed. Elora, Ontario: Talus Inc.

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