Massage Therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissue of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding and/or causing movement of or to the body.
Purpose: Generally, massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing.
These effects provide a number of benefits:
Reduction of muscle tension and stiffness.
Relief of muscle spasms.
Greater flexibility and range of motion.
The increase of the ease and efficiency of movement.
Relief of stress and aide of relaxation.
Promotion of deeper and easier breathing.
Improvement of the circulation of blood and movement of lymph.
Relief of tension-related conditions such as headaches and eyestrain.
Promotion of faster healing of soft tissue injuries such as pulled muscles and sprained ligaments, plus the reduction in pain and swelling related to such injuries.
Reduction in the formation of excessive scar tissue following soft tissue injuries.
Enhancement in the health and nourishment of the skin.
Improvement in posture through changing tension patterns that affect posture.
Reduction in stress and an excellent stress management tool.
Creation of a feeling of well being.
Reduction in levels of anxiety.
The increase in awareness of the mind-body connection.
Promotion of a relaxed state of mental awareness.