Tired, sore, in pain or stressed out?
Many probably don't realise how essential a regular massage is for overall health. Massage improves performance, relieves chronic pain, aids recovery, prevents and eliminates injuries, reduces stress and even enhances metabolism and circulation.
With so many alternative health treatments available it's little wonder people get confused about where to go. But, while new health therapies continue to emerge, it is fact that the Chinese began using massage to heal the human body as long ago as 5,000BC and it's still being used today. Now there has to be something to be said for that.
Massage Therapy for Health, Pain Relief, Tension and Stress
Massage is actually a scientific process. The reason you feel different after a massage is because it is healing and invigorating for tired, aching or injured muscles.
Massage increases blood and lymph circulation. Lymph is a fluid that rids body tissues of waste and is dependent on the squeezing effect of muscles. Massage can dramatically aid lymph movement, which together with blood, supplies nutrients and oxygen and rids wastes and toxins. It is easy to understand why good circulation is so important to our health and why massage can be so beneficial just for this purpose.
But Massage has so many other benefits:
For sports people, by helping reduce fatigue and aid recovery, massage enables more productive training, with longer, more effective workouts. The ultimate spin-offs are better performance with fewer injuries. Exercise changes the way our muscles work. Blood vessels become more intricate as the body demands more oxygen and nutrients and increases waste elimination. This takes time. While the muscles are getting into shape, they can struggle to get enough oxygen and nutrients, so waste collects. Massage aids circulation which feeds oxygen to muscles throughout the body.
Research has shown 80% of chronic disease, such as cancer, heart attacks and diabetes. are stress related. Everyday annoyances like heavy traffic or an overwhelming inbox—or sustained crises, such as unemployment or caring for a sick relative—can cause the body to activate the stress response constantly, which is called chronic stress. The body and brain can’t reset hormones and inflammatory chemicals to normal levels, damaging the immune system, and shrinking the blood vessels, inhibiting circulation. Stress causes the body to go into survival mode. The heart works harder, breathing becomes rapid and shallow, digestion slows and the immune system shuts down. Nearly every body process is degraded. If you are experiencing any type of regular stress then regular massage is essential. Massage will counteract the effects of stress and give your body the time to recuperate and recover, which is vital to your health.
Drastically Increase the Benefits with Regular Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting a massage frequently can do so much more. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in your health, flexibility and well-being. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment. And remember: massage is not just a pampering treat, it is essential to physical and mental health. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, to work with your therapist to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
THE BACK2NATURE MASSAGE
The massage is a holistic fusion of East and West. Therapeutic, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and hot stones combine to give you the most relaxing, pain relieving and healing experience possible. Each massage will focus on what is needed by the client, be it pain relief in a specific area, tension or the nedd to relax.
I have chosen to do my massage therapy in my own home in a peaceful room instead of a hired therapy room. This means I am not permanently conscious of time limits and getting my clients in and out the door dead on the hour. I go through an intake form with new clients so that I am aware of any pain and stress issues and so that I know exactly what the client needs me to focus on. I like to check in with repeat clients to talk about any stress / pain issues they may have which should be given attention in the massage. I like to give my clients time to have a cup of herbal tea afterwards and discuss how they are feeling.
I want you to leave relaxed and with a feeling of well-being.
Deep-tissue massage targets the deeper layers of the muscles, where soreness typically begins. It helps relieve pain and aches in the muscles, be it from tension, stiffness or the result of exercise and also encourages circulation your body to completely relax.
Hot stones warm and relax the muscles before being worked on. They target sore areas, kneading the muscles and increasing circulation, which support a faster post-workout muscle repair and ease general pain. It is also nurturing and comforting and an excellent relaxant.
Trigger point therapy works on specific pain areas for those who need it. Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. As a general rule, pain can be cured by weekly massages for 3-6 weeks followed by monthly massage which will maintain health and wellness and keep pain at bay.
Myofascial release - Fascia is the netting of connective tissue that connects muscle to bone and covers our entire body. Myofascial release therapy helps the fascia which is 'stuck' and immobilised move freely again, which relieves pain and improves flexibility. Fascial restrictions do not show up on CAT scans, MRI’s or X Rays therefore many patients are suffering unresolved physical and emotional pain due to undiagnosed fascial trauma.
Stretching the muscles which have been worked on is great for flexibilty and pain relief. Stretching gets the blood flowing to muscles that have contracted because of stress or immobility. Without a good stretch, these muscles can spasm and shut down-and then show up as the marble-like knots that get extra attention from your massage therapist.
It is truly amazing how regular massage can vastly improve health, well-being and quality of life. Give yourself the time out you so truly deserve, after all it's your body, are you looking after it in the way it needs and deserves?
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