Benefits of Massage

Hand Massage 

Pain relief and injury recovery

There are many kinds of pain and many causes. Some kinds of pain that massage therapy can help are:

  • Pain caused by muscles that are chronically tight from stress or overuse can be relieved by massage therapy. Massage therapy helps by releasing the tight muscles and increasing circulation to the area.
  • Muscles, tendons or ligaments can become injured by a traumatic event or by small repeated stresses. When scar tissue forms in a shortened or distorted manner there is often pain with movement. Specific massage therapy techniques can soften the scar tissue and help it reheal in a healthy, pain free manner.
  • Headaches caused by muscle tension in the neck or shoulders can also be relieved with massage therapy.  
  • The frequency and severity of migraine headaches can sometimes be reduced by CranioSacral therapy.

 

Stress reduction

  • The busy, fast paced lives that many of us lead cause the body to go into overdrive to cope. Hormones are released that signal the body to increase our heart rate and blood pressure, increase our blood sugar level and tense our muscles. These changes are good for short term, high energy events such as an emergency, or a period of exercise. But when our bodies are in overdrive for long periods of time the body's energy stores become depleted and our ability to heal is compromised. Fatigue and susceptibility to illness can result.
  • Balance is restored when we engage in activities that allow our bodies to become quiet and rest. The stress hormones are turned down and the body begins to repair and replenish its reserves.
  • Research shows that massage lowers stress hormone levels in the blood stream.  Massage is one of the ways we can regain the balance in life between stress and relaxation. By doing so, we promote good health. For more research results regarding the benefits of massage, visit the web site for the Touch Research Institute.
  • For more ideas about ways to rest and find balance visit the web site for Still Waters.