Massage Therapy

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Relax your mind, body and soul with the benefits of Massage

Massage feels good, it is relaxing and invigorating. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands and circulation, promoting health and well being.

The development of massage was first recognised by the Chinese around 3000BC.

massage7Massage techniques are designed to relax muscles by applying pressure. The purpose of massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Massage increases circulation without increasing the heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable.

Stages of Massage Healing?

There are four main stages of healing through massage:

Relief: The first few sessions will aim to relieve pain, reduce muscle tension and relax stressed nerves.
Correction: When the pain is gone, work will be done on the problem that caused the pain. Techniques will be aimed at stimulating the lymphatic system, freeing knotted and scarred muscle fibres.
Maintenance: This is the final stage in healing and the first step to prevent other injuries.
Strengthening: This is important in badly damaged areas. Weakness can mean recurring problems. Techniques will be aimed at strengthening the tissues near the injury enabling adequate support when the injury is healed.

Click: to see the Effects of Massage on the Physical Body.

Swedish Massage

massageaCovers a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones. The main purpose of the massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood circulation and to release toxins from the muscles. As well as removing lactic, uric acid and other wastes from the body, some of the benefits of Swedish massage include the stretching of the muscles and tendons, making them more flexible, it is also known to stimulate the skin and nervous system to reduce emotional and physical stress.

Recommended as a regular treatment in a stress management programme.

The movements range from gentle stroking to invigorating friction, depending on the required effect – see Movement Chart.

Remedial Massage

A deep massage that uses techniques to release muscles and manipulates soft tissue. Is used to treat aches, pains and stresses associated with every day life as well as muscle and soft tissue injuries. The treatment gives the ability to manage pain associated with chronic diseases such as arthritis, poor circulation associated with diabetes and heart disease together with maintenance of movement.

Benefits of Massage?

  • Improves skin tone by removing dead cells and improving circulation, regenerates tissue, including burns and wrinkles.
  • Stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system, improving elimination of waste in the body.
  • Relieves tension and restores flexibility to tight, sore muscles and improves muscle tone.
  • Improves posture by enhancing ones own awareness of the body.
  • Improves flow of nutrients to soft issues and joints.
  • Slows and regulates respiration, promoting deeper and easier breathing.
  • Stretches connective tissue, increases tissue metabolism, joint mobility and lowers blood pressure by reducing the heart rate.
  • Increases the red blood cell count and stimulates the immune system and strengthens resistance to disease.
  • Relieves cramps, muscles spasms and reduces pain and swelling by stimulating the release of endorphins.
  • Reduces anxiety, mental stress and promotes sleep.
  • Enhances self-image, self worth and a feeling of well being.
  • Increases awareness of the mind-body connection.
  • Improves concentration and a relaxed state of mental alertness.
  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity.

Quotes from the media

Immune Boosting: “There is evidence to suggest that massage can boost the immune system. It also releases endorphins, pain relieving substances in the body that have a feel-good effect. This is probably the reason it helps ease many types of pain, including premenstrual syndrome, migraine and backache. You do not need to be massaged for long before feeling the benefits – a 10 minute back rub can help ease anxiety, boost concentration and stimulate the production of antibodies.” Maria McCarthy – Sunday Mail

Ease Back Pain: More than 100 million Americans suffer from lower-back pain, and nearly $25 billion a year is spent in search of relief. A 2003 study showed that massage therapy produced better results and reduced the need for painkillers by 36 percent when compared to other therapies, including acupuncture and spinal modification. Today, massage therapy is one of the most common ways people ease back pain. Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, June 3, 2003

 

Ease Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressively painful condition that causes numbness and tingling in the thumb and middle fingers. Traditional treatments for carpal tunnel range from a wrist brace to surgery. However, a 2004 study found that carpal tunnel patients receiving massage reported significantly less pain, reduced symptoms and improved grip strength than those patients who did not receive massage. Source: Touch Research Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, and Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 8, 9-14.

Reduce Anxiety: An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from depression. A review of more than a dozen massage studies concluded that massage therapy helps relieve depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry. In the studies reviewed, researchers measured the stress hormone cortisol in participants before and immediately after massage and found that the therapy lowered levels by up to 53 percent. Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, and neurotransmitters that help reduce depression. Source: Touch Research Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine.

Lower Blood Pressure: Hypertension, if left unchecked, can lead to organ damage. Preliminary research shows that hypertensive patients who received three 10-minute back massages a week had a reduction in blood pressure, compared to patients who simply relaxed without a massage.
Source: Biological Research for Nursing, Vol. 7, No. 2, 98-105 (2005).

Massage the Neck to Rub out Coronaries:
A REGULAR neck massage could help to prevent heart attacks research has shown. A study found that it could lower abnormally high blood pressure, without using drugs. At any one time, one-in-10 people in the UK suffer neck pain. The problem is growing because changing lifestyles mean people spending more time sitting down. Now scientists have found that treating a stiff neck can help reduce blood pressure, which is a major cause of heart attacks and stroke. Researchers at Leeds University say links between neck muscles and the brain play a crucial role in controlling blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. The study identified cells in the neck that are connected to an area of the brain that controls unconscious body functions. Traditionally, the causes of blood pressure have been linked to excess weight, alcohol consumption and lack of exercise. The researchers say nervous signals from the neck may play a key role in ensuring that adequate blood supply is maintained to the brain as we change posture, such as from lying down to standing up. Where such signalling fails, we can suffer problems with balance and blood pressure.
Source: Daily Record 2nd August 2007