Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction, pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
- Muscle or joint pain
- Neck or back problems
- Headaches or migraines
- Blood circulation or tissue concerns
- Posture improvements
- Stress or anxiety
- Sport or dance injuries
- Rehabilitation or speed healing
- Regaining range of motion
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Boosts the immune system
- Increases range of motion and flexibility, blood and lymph function
- Reduces muscle tension or soreness, and helps restore muscle tone lost through long-term bed rest, stress and anxiety
- Reduces pain, depression, stress and anxiety related to illness
- Provides relief for neurological and muscular disorders (such as tendinitis, low back pain, frozen shoulder, and pain associated with arthritis)
Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts during pregnancy, such as backaches, neck stiffness, leg cramps, headaches, edema and sore, swollen ankles and feet. As well, massage can aid in a longer and more restful sleep.
Massage assists in eliminating waste products through the lymphatic and circulatory systems, which combat fatigue and can result in an increase in energy. Another benefit is stimulation of glandular secretions, which may assist in stabilizing hormone levels.
Massage can be used after the birth of the child to help regain strength more quickly and ease postpartum stress.