Functional Massage Therapy and its Benefits
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2012. I pride myself in the knowledge and wisdom that touch is an elemental dimension of our human existence and absolutely necessary to enhance the creative, self-organizing healing potential in each one of us.
Massage Therapy facilitates deep, long-lasting results using a wide range of modalities, for all individuals, peeling away layers of stress, restoring mobility to injured muscle tissue, easing stiffened joints and hot spots of pain.
Swedish • Clinical Deep Tissue • Myofascial Release • Sports Massage • Pregnancy Massage • Craniosacral Therapy • Acupressure • Lymphatic Drainage
So what is it exactly?
Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.
Depending on the type of therapy, techniques may include stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, pressure to the muscles and other soft tissues, passive or active movement, and/or techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body.
Benefits of massage
Regardless of the reasons we seek it out— stress relief, pain management, or injury rehabilitation—massage therapy can be a powerful addition to your healthcare regimen.
Among other benefits, massage can:
– Alleviate back pain and improve range of motion.
– Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
– 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.
– Reduce depression and anxiety.
– Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
– Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
– Reduce post-surgery 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.
Invest in your Health
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
For more in-depth information and research, visit these websites:
U.S. National Library of Medicine: Clinical research studies on massage
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a division of the National Institutes of Health