Massage Benefits ...
I often have clients breakdown crying and I have to
give them some emotional support. The massage field is one of
the few fields where you can’t say to someone “just deal
with it”. So much emotion can come up from receiving and also
giving a massage, it’s like we should have to go get a degree
in psychology to deal with our emotions and the client’s
I am providing this
information with the intention of sharing my knowledge of
bodywork and massage that I have gained. It is intended to be
viewed and used by trained and licensed practitioners or
students of massage and bodywork.
I am not licensed to diagnose
or prescribe, nor is this information intended to do so. It
is not intended to replace treatment by any appropriate
Physician, Naturopath, Acupuncturist, or Chiropractor.
Each person assumes full
responsibility and all risks arising from use of the
information on this site.
I will not assume any
responsibility for techniques described here, and caution
anyone practicing the techniques or teaching the techniques.
Techniques will be done at your own risk. I hope that you will
explore these methods and add your own techniques as needed.
Massage Therapy Benefits
has changed a lot over the centuries, and it is just that – therapy - the
act of caring for someone. In the times of the Greeks and Romans, massage was
used to help with injuries and muscle problems for soldiers returning from
battle. Today, it is a means of helping someone regain and maintain good health.
Massage has moved
from something expected in red light districts and given by people of
questionable cleanliness to a part of mainstream healthcare. Licensed massage
therapists are trained for hundreds of hours in anatomy, physiology, healthcare,
pathology, and several styles of massage. Their goal is to help a person regain
a level of heath that they may have had before being injured, and help people
with no injuries maintain health simply by the beneficial effects massage has on
Although a part of
mainstream healthcare, massage is contained under the umbrella of 'holistic'
treatments. In a massage session, the skin and muscles are moved, rubbed, and
pounded to bring them back to and keep them in proper health. The movements
used bring muscles into proper function, help remove pain, improve circulation,
and many other things. These effects of massage are good for anyone whether
they are in good condition or not. In cases where someone is in pain, it may be
the answer to help bring them back to good health. Where someone has no
problems, massage can help a person relax and de-stress.
When an injury
occurs, massage movements can help to reduce pain and speed up healing.
Problems like muscle pulls, back pain, stiff neck, tight shoulders, leg pain,
and others can be lessened through massage. Sometimes, depending on the
seriousness of the problem, that area may not be able to be worked on during the
acute stage (the first 24 – 48 hours). During that time, the areas around the
injury may be worked to make them stronger and increase blood flow to the
injured area. (Increased blood flow equals faster healing.) The massage
movements will lengthen muscle fibers and make them more pliable. Making them
pliable makes them give and bend easier so they won’t knot up and cause more
pain. After the acute stage, the injuries may be worked on directly to speed up
healing and bring a person back to full health.
Massage can be a
great tool to help a sore body feel better when it is hurting, but it can also
help a body maintain good health even when it is not in pain. The massage
movements help a person relax and become calm. They help relieve stress and
give a person a little ‘quiet time’ where they don’t have to think about things
in the world rushing around outside. Massage can help keep muscles toned even
when one does not exercise. (It works even better when paired with a good
improves blood flow. The blood circulating through the body delivers oxygen and
nutrients to all bodily systems. By improving the flow of blood, massage
improves the body’s ability to stay healthy.
While the needs of each individual vary, massage
- Provide anything from a soothing
relaxation to deeper therapy for specific physical problems
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Increase the nourishing blood supply
to your tissues.
- Improve energy and alertness.
- Aid in your recovery from pulled
muscles or sprained ligaments.
- Ease many of the uncomfortable
stresses of child bearing, including edema, backaches and exhaustion.
- Relieve certain work related
repetitive motion injuries.
- Greatly reduce your pain if you
suffer from such problems as temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Compensate, in part, for lack of
muscular contraction if you are forced to remain inactive due to age,
injury or illness.
Healthy Responses You May Expect
Once your massage is underway,
a range of beneficial reactions is set in motion. The therapy can:
- Hasten the elimination of waste and
toxic debris that are stored in your muscles.
- Increase the interchange of
substances between the blood and tissue cells.
- Heighten the oxygenation of the
- Stimulate the relaxation response
within your nervous system.
Together these responses can:
- Help strengthen your immune system.
- Improve your posture.
- Increase your joint flexibility and
range of motion.
- Lower your blood pressure.
Your Massage Therapy Session
During your session everything possible is done to insure that your
experience is positive and rewarding. You’ll be asked about your reasons for
getting a massage, current physical condition, medical history, life-style,
stress level, areas of pain and other pertinent topics.
You’ll be asked to undress in private and drape yourself with a sheet
provided by the therapist. You may leave your underwear on or off, at your
discretion. You’ll lay down on a comfortably padded massage table.
Your therapist will undrape only that part of your body being massaged,
insuring that your modesty is respected at all times. Pleasant, unscented,
and non staining, oils are used to enhance the manipulation of your muscle
tissues while conditioning your skin.
We provides a peaceful and comfortable environment for your massage. Any
distractions should be reported to your therapist, whether from physical
discomfort, room temperature, volume of music or any other source.