Let’s face it. We live in a high-speed and highly-interconnected world. We spend our waking hours in front of screens and sleeping hours dreaming about what will be shown on those screens the next time we wake up. There’s no denying that there’s a lot of stress and anxiety associated with this kind of lifestyle. Experts estimate that as much as 90% of modern day diseases are stress-related. No other factor in our daily lives ages us faster both internally and externally than stress.
Massage therapy (or bodywork) is an effective tool for managing stress. Regular bodywork allows you to get away from your normal environment and unwind, untie, undo all the tension (knots) and release the buildup of toxins in your body. A massage doesn’t have to be something you treat yourself to on a special occasion or while on vacation. It can be as little as an hour at a local spa, or in your office rec room or in your own home. More importantly, it’s dedicated relaxation time for you and you alone.
There are many types of massage (or bodywork modalities), each with its distinguishing features, tools, movements, and emphasis on the “how” in treating the body, but in general, bodywork has been shown to…
- Reduce low back pain
- Improve sleep through relaxation and pain reduction
- Reduce pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis
- Improve immune function in the skin through the release of toxins and lymph drainage
- Relieve post-surgical edema
- Relieve migraine headaches
- Promote tissue regeneration, remodeling, scar tissue reduction
- Assist athletes with post-workout recovery
- Improve athletic and work performance
- Energize the body
- Improve concentration
- Improve circulation
- Reduce fatigue
- Increase joint mobility
- Reduce pain for expectant mothers and shorten maternity stays
- Reduce drug/chemical dependence
- Reduce anxiety/depression
- Improve tone for atrophied, weak, tight muscles
- Reduce muscle cramps, spasm, post-surgical adhesions
- Release endorphins
- For cancer patients going through treatment: reduce pain, fatigue, swelling, nausea and depression
- For long-term care patients, reduce pains and tension associated with long bed rest.
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