Benefits of Massage and Bodywork

Stress is an unconscious and automatic reaction to anything that we believe may be threatening us. In the stress responses the body is primed for fight or flight by messages carried by the sympathetic branch of the nervous system. Our bodies are ready when we tense up creating possible breathing problems increased heartbeat, blood pressure increases, adrenaline production and digestion dysfunction. A person who is frequently under stressful influences may tend to remain locked into a pattern of stress response, unable to let go and relax. This can be damaging to the body, mind and spirit. If this continues and is untreated, it can be a contributing factor to most diseases. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related and perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress.  Through the use of alternative healing such as therapeutic massage an individual can balance the mind, body and spirit as well as enjoying:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue

Massage and bodywork can also help specifically address a number of health issues.

  • Alleviate and improve range of motion low-back pain
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
  • Ease medication dependence
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Lessen .depression and anxiety
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling
  • Reduce spasms and cramping
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller
  • Relieve migraine pain

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