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How Massage Works and Its Many Benefits

A relaxing and unwinding massage session is nothing less than essential if you wish to keep your Human body systemsbody healthy in the long run. Regular massage sessions can improve you general bodily functions, in addition to reducing anxiety and stress and can help several medical conditions. Regardless of, who you are and where you come from, a massage can be of great help to you. A therapeutic massage is a very beneficial treatment that involves soft tissue manipulation, but with advantages that run much deeper and benefit all of the body’s systems. Massage therapy is one of the most effective therapies because our bodies respond to the warm touch of another human being. When the body is out of balance and tense from stress or built up toxins, it cannot work as efficiently as it should. Massage therapy works to bring the body back into proper alignment.

  • Muscle Tension Relief

Pressure added to the muscles in specific ways, can either be stimulating or relaxing due to the Back painslactic acid release. Lactic acid is a toxin that is naturally released in the muscles, but can build up if not regularly released. The built up toxin slows down the cellular functions of the muscles and they become tight and tense. As a result, the body’s cells use and release oxygen, carbon dioxide, fats, and energy. As a benefit of releasing the tense and knotted muscles, the stiffness of the muscular system is relieved. With this comes a larger range of mobility and an improved flexibility that promotes relaxation of the mind. A professional massage helps the lactic acid leave the muscles through the blood stream, and later leave the body as waste. It is important to drink plenty of water after a massage session because the toxins need to be flushed out entirely. This removal is essential to balancing the health of the body.

  • Deep Relaxation

Because of the universal high stress environments we live in, our nervous system is constantly on high alert. We have two responses; stress or relaxation. When under stress, our adrenal system gets overworked which results in the body overexerting itself. In this state, the cells cannot repair themselves, which causes a breakdown within the body. A massage allows the opposite system known as the parasympathetic response to take action. This allows the body to rest and perform the cell maintenance it needs.Therefore relaxation is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle and we must find time for relaxation and for caring for ourselves.Too much work and not enough time out for ourselves can result in mental and physical health problems. Stress can cause:

  • Mental illnesses shutterstock_2387397
  • Memory lost
  • Digestive disorders
  • Highcholesterol levels
  • Hypertension
  • Damaged arteries which can lead to heart disease and heart attack
  • Lower immunities which make our bodies more prone to infections and viruses
  • Slower recovery from major traumas to the body
  • Sleeping problems

Many people find it difficult to actually relax and stop their mind from wandering, especially if somebody is a generally busy person. One of the effective forms of Deep Relaxation is Massage Therapy. Your mind needs a break on occasion just as your muscles do. With our massages in a deep relaxed state:

  • You will be aware of your body through massage
  • Your mind will calm down
  • Your breathing will become deeper and slower

Studies have shown evidence of many benefits coming from regular relaxation treatments. Through our regular massage sessions you will:

  • feel more relaxed
  • have more energy
  • sleep better shutterstock_183826196 (1)
  • feel happier and find inner peace
  • have increased feelings of well being
  • have and maintain a positive attitude
  • have an Improved mental alertness
  • improve your mental state and outlook
  • have less illnesses and physical complaints
  • be able to handle stress and pressure better
  • have a quiet mind and settle your emotions
  • have a better connection to your inner self
  • Have creative thinking and a calm state of mind
  • have a positive state of mind and spiritual awareness
  • be more creative and able to make correct decisions

We can lower our stress levels by daily taking a minimum 10 minutes time for relaxing activities as:

  • Meditation
  • Breathing exercise
  • Yoga, Thai Chi
  • Listening to music
  • Taking a hot bath
  • Do something what we really love

Balanced diet, exercise and getting an adequate amount of sleep are as necessary as relaxation in order to live a stress-free and healthy life.

  • Improved Circulation

Another problem with tense muscles is that the circulatory system does not work at optimum efficiency. The motions of a massage work with the natural circulation of the body to promote proper blood flow. Oxygen and essential nutrients are able to easily move to the cells and organs of the body through the blood, and then waste is discharged more quickly.

  • Skin Rejuvenation

The skin replacement process is accelerated where dead cells at the surface are replaced as new skin cells grow in the lower layers. During the massage, our skilled masseuse’s hands move across the skin, releasing the dead cells and allowing the new ones to thrive. Circulation is also improved as blood comes to the surface of the skin, which gives it a nice color. The production of sebum, the natural oil produced by the skin, is also promoted by massage. This keeps the skin from becoming uncomfortably dry or inelastic.

  • Waste Removal

The lymphatic system removes waste products that cannot be removed through the circulatory Depositphotos_22680697_s(1)system. With no system to move the waste quickly to the lymph, massage helps to remove these waste products of the cells as it is pushes them toward the lymph nodes. Massage can also lessen of swelling, cellulite, and lumpiness.

All of our massages are performed by skilled professionals who are experienced in the techniques that promote these benefits. In addition, many massages feature ingredients aimed at delivering specific benefits to the body beyond these, which you can learn more about through our massages page.

Before,during and after the massage session

Before the massage session:

  • Try to avoid eating a large meal at least 1 hour before your treatment
  • Arrive on time so you will not feel under time pressure and stressed. That means that you will get more out of your massage.
  • Make sure you go to the toilet before your massage session! You don’t want to have to get up in the middle of your treatment.
  • Do not hesitate to talk to your therapist, if you are concerned or anxious about anything to do with your massage. We want to make sure you feel comfortable.
  • Let us know what you hope to achieve out of the treatment and any medical history you may have. Do you want a massage with less pressure or a firm massage or either the combination of both?

During the massage session:

  • Body Awareness: Remain conscious of your body during your massage. If you feel yourself tense up try to relax your muscles, your therapist will also help you with that by using different  massage technique or by or applying less pressure. Sometimes the area is being worked on is simply too sensitive or over stimulated to relax.
  • Breath: your breath is the key to managing discomfort during the massage ( deep tissue)!Often a few deep controlled breaths can eliminate discomfort.Breathe slowly and deep into your belly through your nose and slowly exhale through your nose.
  • Wandering Thoughts: Each time you find your mind racing with stressful thoughts just simply return your focus to your body part that is being massaged. This will not be difficult as our massages are deeply relaxing and they will work wonders for calming the mind and help you to stay in the NOW!
  • Speech: Some people find it relaxing to talk during massage and some don’t! So talk if you feel like it!

After the massage session

  • Try to maintain relaxation after your massage session. If possible do something relaxing for the rest of the day.
  • Take a hot bath after massage.
  • Drinking water after your treatment may help to flush the toxins out of your system.
  • You might experience some muscle soreness or tenderness after your deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. You can apply ice to the sore areas after massage. If you have a worry about an after effect of a treatment, please contact us. We are always available to answer any questions you might have!

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Massage has been found to be effective for patients with these conditions:

  • Back – neck pain
  • Stress, Anxiety, Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Scoliosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Asthma
  • Constipation
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reduces risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease

The General Benefits of the Massage Therapy are:

  • Reducing tension and stiffness in muscles
  • Providing relief from muscular spasms
  • Release of nerve compression
  • Allowing greater flexibility
  • Increased efficiency of movement
  • Enhanced energy and vitality
  • Relaxation
  • Improving and stabilizing breathing patterns
  • Improving circulation and flow of lymph and blood
  • Helping you cope with tension-related conditions like eyestrain and headaches
  • Facilitating the healing process
  • Improved posture
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduction in growth of scar tissue that result from soft injuries
  • Healthier skin
  • Better stress management
  • General well-being, both created and maintained
  • Reduction in anxiety levels
  • Alleviation of depression

What are the Contraindications to Massage Treatment?

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Massage treatment is non-invasive and natural. It is generally considered a safe treatment for most people but there are few conditions which restrict massage at all or partially. However there are three types of contraindication:

TOTAL contraindication : massage should not be performed at all if you have any of these conditions:

  • Fever
  • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
  • Recent operations or acute injuries
  • Neuritis
  • Skin diseases
  • Appendicitis (painful inflamed appendix)
  • Autoimmune disease or acute inflammatory processes during exacerbation period (or flare-up)
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reaction)
  • Cerebrocardiovascular accident (stroke)
  • Diarrhea (if due to infection)
  • Embolism
  • Hypertension (if not controlled by diet, exercise and/or medication)
  • Encephalitis
  • Severe, acute pain
  • Medical Shock
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Psychiatric diagnoses of manic depressive psychosis, schizophrenic psychosis and paranoid conditions

LOCAL contraindication: massage can be performed with these conditions but NOT over the effected areas of the body :

  • Varicose veins
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Pregnancy
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Inflammation, including arthritis

Medical Contraindications/Conditions That Require Physician Clearance:If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician:

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
  • Medical Oedema
  • Slipped Disk
  • Psoriasis or eczem
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Whiplash
  • Undiagnosed Pain
  • Skin Cancer
  • Nervous or psychotic conditions
  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Recent Diabetes
  • Taking prescribed medication
  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
  • Gynecological infections
  • Nervous/Psychotic conditions