Carol Theis LMT, LLC
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:
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
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)
~ 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.