Essential Living & Massage

Carol Theis LMT, LLC

Benefits of Massage

 

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety and stress.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration and attitude.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue, headaches, joint stiffness, and soreness.

Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • 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.

Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissue of the body with the hands, fingers, arm or elbow. Massage increases immune responses and endorphins that aid healing and wellness. Massage and bodywork assists the body to eliminate toxins, thereby improving all bodily functions, providing healing benefits for the physical body. 

Problems in the musculoskeletal system can impede the natural healing process and often causes dysfunction and pain. Massage can trigger the relaxation response, relieving the negative effects of stress and restoring balance in the body. Some positive effects of the relaxation include slower heart rate, deeper breathing, more relaxed muscles, better internal circulation and better digestion. 

Despite the benefits, massage is not meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your physician know you're including massage in your regular care and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

Most people benefit from massage, however, massage may not be appropriate if you have:

 ~ burns, open, draining wounds or sores

 ~ Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot)

 ~ Fractures 

 ~ Other conditions as determined by your physician

* Be sure to discuss the pros and cons with your physician especially if you are pregnant, have unexplained pain or if you are under care for cancer.

 

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