Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most common being stress-related tension. Experts believe this accounts for 80-90% of disease. Research has shown that massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphins which enhance medical treatment. It can stimulate weak, inactive muscles resulting from illness or injury. It can also speed recovery from exercise and injury. Body work offers a drug-free, noninvasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself.
Mental and Physical Benefits of Massage
* Enhances Peace of Mind
* Relieves stress and aids relaxation
* Relieves muscle tension and stiffness
* Relieves mental stress
* Enhances a feeling of well-being
* Reduces levels of anxiety
* Promotes deeper and easier breathing
* Helps relieve tension headaches
* Improves posture
* Strengthens the immune system
The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being. When muscles are overworked, waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in the muscles causing soreness, stiffness and even muscle spasms. Massage flushes the toxins out of the muscles. Water must be consumed to help the body flush out these toxins. Water is also necessary for the body to function properly. Our bodies are made up of 70% water. If you are not consuming approximately half your body weight in ounces of water each day, you are depriving your body of proper function.
Therefore water, water, water, water!
Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits.