In addition to being a wonderfully relaxing experience massage therapy can have a profound impact on our health and wellness.
In supporting the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, massage techniques directly counteract the effects of stress on not only our physical, but also our emotional and mental well-being. High levels of stress maintained over long periods of time can have a profoundly debilitating effect on all systems of the body, leading to high blood pressure, hypertension, decreased immune functioning, poor digestion and increased overall muscle tension. Massage therapy has been found to:
- provide deep relaxation and stress reduction, - relieve muscle tension and stiffness - increase circulation of blood and lymph fluids - strengthen the immune system - decrease pain levels - improve joint flexibility and range of motion - reduce blood pressure - decrease levels of anxiety and depression - improve concentration - enhance sleep quality - improve body awareness.
Research has found that massage therapy can be effective in alleviating some of the symptoms of a number of medical conditions, including the following:
Low back pain Sports injuries Whiplash Cancer and cancer treatment Heart Bypass Surgery Anxiety and Depression Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Hypertension Diabetes Fibromyalgia
In supporting the body's systems, massage therapy can improve the body's ability to heal itself. Regular bodywork can enhance quality of life on physical, emotional, mental and energetic levels. It is truly an investment in your health.