Massage therapy has been used for more than 3,000 years as a healing art. There are many different techniques of massage used today, applying manipulation to soft-tissue to improve circulation, reduce stress and pain.
The techniques include a combination of stroking, kneading, rocking, tapping or steady pressure based on the needs of the patient. Massage is applied by a registered massage therapist, highly trained and certified in providing treatments that can reduce pain, stress and anxiety, as well as treat a number of conditions, including sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain and depression.
Massages increase blood flow to the targeted muscles, speeding up the delivery of the nutrients they need to function properly while disposing of metabolic waste that can cause pain and delay recovery. If you don’t move around much during the day then blood flow is naturally reduced, so massage is a great way of getting everything pumping again.
Repetitive use in a stationary position (such as sitting at a desk all day) can cause muscle fibres to become stuck together, known as an adhesion. These adhesions restrict movement and if untreated can lead to whole muscles becoming hypertonic and eventually painful. A precise massage can work on the problem tissue, lengthening it and breaking down the adhesions until a normal range of movement can be restored.
Massages have a way of gently moving us into a state of relaxation where our nervous system is calmed and soothed through the use of traditional massage techniques. This is known as the relaxation response. The relaxation response is a state in which the heart and breathing rates slow down, the body begins to relax, the production of stress hormones decreases, blood pressure decreases, and the muscles begin to let go of their subconscious tension and relax.
The relaxation response also tends to increase the available level of serotonin, a chemical that positively affects emotions and thoughts in your brain. The other common response triggered when having a massage is known as the mechanical response. This is the effect that happens when pressure is applied to soft tissue like muscle. Together, these responses can produce direct and indirect physical and emotional benefits.
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