Massage is a universal language, an art, a series of special brush strokes designed to cover the canvas of the body, providing greater awareness, health and wellbeing.
Massage therapy is a collective term that covers various techniques and types of massages designed to relieve and alleviate certain needs and physical conditions. Massage therapists apply pressure to knead, glide, and tap the layers of the muscles using the ﬁngers, hands, forearms, elbows, and even the feet to release built-up tension and relieve pain. However, the beneﬁts of massage therapy far exceed just relaxation.
A massage is frequently used to unwind after a hard day’s work, to energise the spirit, to treat back pain and muscle tension, and to improve blood ﬂow. If you already have the gift of health it is wise to maintain it. Touch is not only used for healing or speeding up recovery, it is also a way to prevent sickness. It is too easy in today’s fast paced world to get caught up in striving and accomplishing, leading to being more in the head and out of touch with your body.
Massage is a way of getting back in touch with your body and trusting what it is telling you. When you become aware of yourself as a whole person, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, it is easier to view life with a sense of pleasure and ease. Your cup will remain half full instead of half empty.
Physiologically, caring touch and massage strengthen the ﬂow of blood and lymph throughput your body. Healing touch can also decrease blood pressure and heart rate, soothe nerves, decrease tension, bringing a state of wellbeing by producing a state of relaxation. Often it is the interaction between the therapist giving the massage and the client that induces a sense of calm and peacefulness.
- Massage can relieve chronic pain
- Massage can decrease instances of depression and anxiety
- Massage can relieve chronic headaches
- Massage can improve the immune system function
- Massage can relieve stress-related insomnia
- Massage can improve digestion and treat digestive disorders
- Massage can relieve temporomandibular joint-related pain