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Introduction To Massage Therapy

If you are looking for an effective way to relax, re-align, and rejuvenate then you may want to consider massage therapy. Massage therapy can relax muscles, sooth your aches, and restore your body's balance. It rejuvenates and makes us better able to handle all the challenges that come with life. Our experienced, professional therapists believe that each client deserves a great revitalizing experience, exceptional care, and a customized treatment that addresses individual needs. These therapists know most of us have hectic lifestyles, and they want to help relieve the tension associated with our daily stressors.

Today many Americans rely on therapeutic massage treatments to provide relaxation and help achieve a balanced lifestyle. So schedule an appointment and find out how amazing it feels to be pampered by a professional massage therapist.

The Many Benefits of Massage

The Many Benefits of Massage

Massage therapy has been long recognized to provide numerous health benefits, especially when treatment is received on a regular basis. Below is a list of ways in which massage therapy can help improve your mental and physical state.

Massage Can Help Improve:Massage Can Help Reduce:
  • Circlulation and tissue oxygenation
  • Concentration
  • Endorphin release
  • Energy levels
  • Immunity
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Joint flexibility
  • Lymphatic flow
  • Pain management
  • Posture
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches / Headache pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Low-back pain
  • Medication dependency
  • Migraine pain
  • Muscular tension and stiffness
  • Stress

Massage, a Gateway to Stress Relief

Massage, a Gateway to Stress Relief

While the motives to seek massage therapy range from luxurious pampering to therapeutic relief, one of the most valuable benefits is stress relief. This is because stress may contribute to other disease processes¹ and accelerated aging².

As most of us realize, completely eliminating anxiety and stress is unrealistic, therefore managing stress becomes a critical component of one's well-being. By alleviating your stress levels massage therapy helps enhance concentration and focus, increase energy levels, reduce fatigue, and improve the quality of sleep. Some people may even experience greater mental clarity and a sense of tranquility that can persist for days after a massage session.

All of this can lend to a more productive and fulfilling life.

  1. Sapolsky, R.M. Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers. Third Edition. Henry Holt and Company, New York. 2004
  2. Epel, E.S. Accelerated telomere shortening in response to life stress. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. December 7, 2004. 101 (49): 17312 - 17315.

The Power of Touch

The Power of Touch

From helping manage chronic disease to reducing everyday stress, the advantages of touch are vast. As a result, massage therapy is being utilized to assist in scenarios as diverse as hospice care, neonatal intensive care, pain management, and even postsurgical recovery.

Furthermore, massage is associated with positive outcomes such as:

  • A reduction in arthritic pain and stiffness
  • A reduction in burn-related itching and pain
  • A reduction in chronic neck pain symptoms with an increase in function³
  • Immediate pain relief and improved mood in patients with advance cancer4.
    Cancer patients should consult their oncologist before using massage therapy.
  • A reduction in nausea in patients receiving chemotherapy5.
    Cancer patients should consult their oncologist before using massage therapy.
  • A reduction in hypertension levels (specifically a decrease in diastolic pressure)
  • A reduction in perineal tearing during childbirth6.
    Pregnant women should consult their health care provider before using massage therapy.
  • Improved weight gain in preterm infants7,8
  1. Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Hawkes RJ, et al. Randomized trial of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2009; 25 (3): 233 – 238.
  2. Kutner JS, Smith MC, Corbin L, et al. Massage Therapy versus Simple Touch to Improve Pain and Mood in Patients with Advanced Cancer. Annals of Internal Medicine. September 16, 2008; Volume 149 (6): pages 369 - 379
  3. Billhult A, Bergbom I, Stener-Victorin E. Massage relieves nausea in women with breast cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine. January / February 2007; 13 (1): 53 - 7
  4. Perineal Massage in Pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. January / February 2005; 50 (1): 63 - 64
  5. Diego MA, Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Deeds O, Ascencio A, Begert G. Preterm infant massage elicits consistent increases in vagal activity and gastric motility that are associated with greater weight gain. Acta paediatrica. November 2007; 96 (11): 1588 - 91
  6. Massaro AN, Hammad TA, Jazzo B, Aly H. Massage with kinesthetic stimulation improves weight gain in preterm infants. Journal of perinatology: official journal of the California Perinatal Association. May 2009; 29 (5): 352 - 7

If you have a medical condition and are unsure whether massage therapy would be appropriate for you, discuss your concerns with your primary health care provider.

Regular Massages = Increased Advantages

Regular Massages = Increased Advantages

Massage helps you relax, re-align, and rejuvenate. Massage also has health advantages that can positively influence your physical and mental well-being. That is what makes massage so amazing: while it feels like a pampering indulgence, it is also a form of personal care that can have meaningful therapeutic benefits.

Furthermore, using massage therapy to relieve stress at consistent intervals can contribute to your ongoing health, youth preservation, and longevity. For all these reasons and more, we encourage you to consider regularly scheduled massage appointments as a necessary component of your wellness plan. Work with us to establish a treatment schedule that suites your long-term goals for a more balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.

Acknowledgements and Notices

IMPORTANT:  The information on this website is NOT intended to substitute for the expertise and advice of a qualified healthcare professional. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with a qualified healthcare professional.

The mention of any product, service, or therapy is NOT an endorsement.

Neither the author nor the publisher shall be responsible for any damage or harm caused by the improper use of information in this website.

Any diagnostic or treatment options presented herein are for general informational purposes and may NOT necessarily represent tests or treatments that your healthcare professional performs, provides, or would recommend. The information is simply provided for educational purposes and in a good faith effort to help patients make a more informed decision about their healthcare.

Furthermore, any tests or treatments presented herein may NOT be comprehensive with regard to all the diagnostic or therapeutic options that may be available for any given medical condition or disease. Accordingly, you should always discuss any decisions about treatment or care with a qualified healthcare professional.

This website may feature actors, models, or artistic representations.  The actors and models may NOT have actually used or provided any product or service described or promoted in this website. These actors and models may be identified with the notification: "Model" or "Model – not actual patient". If actual patients are featured, they may be identified with the notification: "Actual subject", "Real subject", and/or "Before vs. After".

Artistic renderings of any medical condition, disease, or treatment in this website are for illustrative purposes only and may NOT be a realistic depiction of actual medical conditions, diseases, patients, or treatments. Actual outcomes of any medical condition or actual results achieved by any treatment may be significantly different due to variations in the delivery of healthcare and the individual circumstances of each patient.

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