Massage

Massage Therapy is an ancient healing technique in which a practitioner manipulates soft tissue in order to relieve pain and reduce adhesions to maintain or re-establish proper function.  A massage therapist may incorporate many different techniques into a typical session including Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Positional Release and stretching along with traditional petrissage, effleurage, kneading or stripping.  These techniques are applied to the  muscles and surrounding tissue.  A session may be done clothed, but is typically done with the client “draped” or nude on a massage table, where all of the body regions not being worked on are securely covered; personal areas are always respected and always concealed.

There are many benefits of massage, some of which are listed.

  • Alleviate lower back pain and discomfort
  • Reduce headaches and migraines
  • Increase the immune system by increasing lymph flow
  • Reduce scar tissue
  • Release endorphins
  • Create better body awareness
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Improve range of motion
  • Reduce edema by increasing circulation
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
  • Stress reduction
  • Mind-body connection is enhanced
After a massage treatment, it is important to drink adequate amounts of water and follow any recommendations given by your therapist for optimal results.

For more information:

http://upledger.com/content.asp?id=26

http://www.polaritytherapy.org/

http://www.reiki.org/FAQ/WhatIsReiki.html

http://www.massagetherapy101.com/massage-techniques/massage-techniques.aspx