The benefits of massage are many. People who receive massages on a regular basis can gain and maintain optimal health.
Massage helps relieve the stress, tension and activities of everyday living; it promotes relief to people from all walks of life at any age. From infants, children, athletes, and middle aged to the elderly, the power of touch with healing and loving intention promotes life.
Massage is a way of communicating with the physical body on a level which aids the healing of the body, mind and soul. Massage is defined by its therapeutic techniques such as kneading, rubbing, laying on of the hands in a nurturing manner whether gentle or vigorous. Though a massage may feel light at times, it affects the body on a deeper level through a network of inner functional systems. With this in mind we can affect the skin, the surface nerves and superficial muscle layers directly and organs indirectly.
Massage benefits include:
increase oxygen in the blood
calm the nervous system to help relieve pain
switch out ‘stress hormones’ with ‘good feeling’ hormones
boost the immune system
faster recovery from illness or injury
reduce stress on the body and mind
relieve muscle tension and smooths out knotted muscles
balance the body energetically (adrenal support)
increase flexibility, joint flexibility
decrease pain and headaches
reduce anxiety and depression
preparation and recovery for athletes
relax spasm, injured or overused muscles
reduce adrenaline and cortisol , release endorphins * balances hormones*
exercise and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles
improve digestion and stimulates neurological development
improvement physically and psychologically in elderly
lower blood pressure
alleviating effects of cancer
boosts natural energy levels
Overall, the main hands on experience of massage, or bodywork, is a physical manipulating of the superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue utilizing various techniques to aid in the healing process, enhance function and maintain and promote relaxation. Energy work is a process that works more intimately with the energies of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies and less direct pressure with the tissues of the body. Energy work can include balancing the meridians, chakras and various energies of the bodies systems. The free flow of energy, proper ‘amount’ of energy and appropriate quality of energy is vital to your overall health. Any blockage in energy generally results in illness or dis-ease if left blocked for a long period of time.