Do you suffer from stress, high blood pressure, exhaustion, muscle tension, back pain, and poor sleep?
These are just a few of the top concerns expressed by many in modern society, and because of our stressful and hectic lifestyles, it is easy to look at these problems as being normal, or acceptable.
Perhaps, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or depression has negatively affected your quality of life? Are you in general poor health or simply want to improve your wellness? What if there was a simple, drug and side effect free therapy that helps with the symptoms of many conditions and greatly improves your overall wellbeing?
There is! It’s called Massage Therapy
Improve your physical health, boost your mental and emotional wellness, and discover massage as an alternative form of medicine and complementary therapy.
Massage therapy reduces stress, relieves pain and provides emotional release. It can be defined as the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body and is generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue whilst improving circulation as well as promoting relaxation and well-being.
While massage is well known to be relaxing, this is far from the only health benefit it offers. A study released in 2012 showed massage to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which helps lower blood pressure, promotes heart health, boosts mood, and improves emotional health.
Massage also increases production of ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters which support positive mood, sound emotional health, and lower risks for depression.
Massage has a positive effect on delta brain waves that are related to a healthy sleep process and a session as short as 15 to 30 minutes has numerous benefits for the mind, body, and spirit.
From common ailments like headaches and back pain to more serious health conditions like cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and an unhealthy heart, massage therapy can offer benefits. And, most important, massage therapy is an effective preventive measure that will boost the overall health and wellness of your mind, body, and spirit.
Did you know that Massage Therapy was ranked the 2nd most popular complementary therapy demanded by clients in a survey conducted by Professional Association the FHT?
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Schedule some ‘me’ time and put yourself first so that you can become fitter and healthier, enabling you to continue looking after everyone else.
Not only will you become more relaxed, less tense and happier, massage therapy will greatly support the overall wellness of your mind, body and spirit.
Yes. Massage reduces stress and increases energy levels. It is extremely helpful in relieving the conditions and symptoms associated with stress such as anxiety, insomnia, asthma and irritable bowel.
Yes. Massage releases contracted muscles which in turn releases the pressure on the nerves in the legs that causes the pins and needles feeling and tingling experienced by sufferers of restless legs.
Yes. Massage improves circulation around joints and stimulates the production of a natural lubrication within them, relieving pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis. Do you suffer from poor posture? Massage releases restrictions in muscles, joints, and the surrounding fascia so your body is then free to return to a more natural and healthy posture. It can also relieve the contracted muscles and pain caused by curvature of the spine or scoliosis.
The hands and forearms are used to rhythmically knead, rub, and stroke, effluerage muscles, circulation is stimulated. Blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients and is key to helping muscles eliminate waste products such as lactic acid that may collect in muscles from spasms causing pain. Following trauma, muscles may act as mini-splints to protect and limit motion, similar to a cast on a broken arm. A typical example is a person who uses a computer for a prolonged time period without taking a break to stretch the neck. The result is a stiff neck, aching or even pain. Taking periodic breaks to rub, mini-massage and stretch the neck will promote circulation to the muscles.
- Increases energy levels
- Relieves symptoms associated with stress such as anxiety, insomnia, asthma and IBS
- Improves circulation
- Improves posture
- Promotes good quality sleep
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Strengthens the immune system
- Relaxes, refreshes and gives a wonderful feeling, reduces fatigue and stress
- Releases restrictions in muscles, joints and surrounding fascia, promoting a more healthy posture
- Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible
- Don’t eat just before a massage session. Let your body digest your meal first
- Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing
- Communicate with your massage therapist
- Remember to breathe normally
- Be on time
- Relax your muscles and your mind
- Turn off your mobile phone
- Drink extra water after your massage
- Don’t get up too quickly and do allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session
- Be prepared to schedule several massage sessions.
- Have a detox bath once a week. Take a bath with epsom salt, a half cup of baking soda and 10 drops of essential oil of your choosing. This will not only help you unwind, but regulate your body’s stress-related hormones and balance your pH levels. Tea tree oil is a favorite, but any essential oil will do.
Deep tissue massage, as the name would imply, focuses on deeper tissue structures of muscles, and massage therapists apply deep tissue massage will apply a strong, constant pressure against the muscle until it pushes back and relaxes, providing relief to deep areas of tension in specific muscles. Deep tissue massage is a good option if you have a lot of muscle tension or chronic pain. However it is bestto avoid this type of massage if you’re overly sensitive to pressure.
During a hot salt stone massage, your massage therapist uses warmed pink himalayan salt massage stones to massage your body. It’s like being caressed by the smoothest (rollerball-like) hands, but also being (lightly) scorched by them. A hot salt stone massage is mostly relaxing, but it also is more invigorating than your run-of-the-mill massage, thanks to the almost-too-much heat keeping you in the moment instead of letting you drift off. The heat helps release the tension in your back and shoulders, mostly, so those muscles can be worked on more effectively. The salt stones also have a detoxifying and exfoliating effect.
Massage therapy is quite safe, but nothing’s perfect. Strong, deep tissue massage causes the most trouble, of course. It may aggravate problems, instead of helping. Some chronic pain sufferers for example may struggle with intense massage therapy sessions.
Trigger point massage can help you manage chronic pain. It is a specialised massage technique that applies pressure to specific trigger points (muscle knots) to relieve pain, release tension and restore range of movement. It is best to wear lightweight clothing for this type of massage.
If you are tender after a treatment, and often clients are for 2-3 days as the body heals, you can use ice packs then heat packs alternately. This can help to accelerate the healing and reduce any tenderness. Light movement is also good to help the blood flow to and from the muscles. Some clients like a hot bath, particularly with Epsom Salts and find that this soothes the muscles. Sometimes the more pronounced the treatment reaction the better the overall client improvement that follows once the body has rebalanced.
You can, but it’s not as good as when someone else does it. This is because your muscles are in a somewhat uncomfortable position, unable to relax, when you massage yourself. This make is a less pleasurable experience- along with the lack of the anticipation and joy of someone else touching you!
Muscles knots are hard, sensitive areas of muscles that tighten and contract even when the muscle is at rest. These tense muscle fibers can cause pain in other parts of the body when touched. They’re also known as trigger points. Trigger points accumulate inside muscle due to a build up of toxins and a lack of oxygen and blood flow. When applying pressure to the trigger point the toxins break down and blood flow and oxygen and able to flow into that space.
Contra-actions (healing) occurs occasionally up to 24-48 hours after treatment and is the body’s response to the treatment. You may experience any of the following reactions:
- Headaches. It is important to make sure you keep hydrated.
- Flu/cold like symptoms. These again will pass and are your body’s reaction to the flushing out of toxins/metabolic waste.
- Dizziness or nausea
- Disrupted sleeping pattern
- Muscles may feel tired and achy
- Some redness/soreness on some muscles, especially where deep work was carried out. This should ease after a day.
- Increased urination or passing stools
- Increased thirst
- A sense of elation/hyperactivity – this is your body’s reaction to nerve senses being activated by the massage.
Massages promote blood circulation. A hot shower or bath will increase blood flow. Combining the two could make you faint or dizzy. Taking a shower after a massage will wash off the massage oils or lotions used by the massage therapist or fine layer of pink himalayan salt left from the massage stones.
- Have regular weekly holistic treatments to keep stress levels to a minimum
- Use oils in the bath to aid relaxation or rub into damp skin to nourish and protect the skin
- Use the recommended essential oils in oil burners in the home to induce a sense of well being
- Exercise 2 -3 times a week
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day
- Include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet
- Aim to get 7 hours sleep a night