Who can benefit from massage therapy?
There are, however, a few conditions in which massage may not be beneficial; if you are under a physicians care for a heart disease, circulatory disorder, serious injury, or contagious condition, please check with your doctor before seeking massage therapy.
Experts agree that almost everyone can benefit from massage. Massage has been proven to physiologically promote healing, alleviate pain and discomfort, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, increase blood and lymphatic flow, fluch toxins and free adhesions from soft tissue, and stimulate the release of chemicals in the brain such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins, while it reduces cortisol, the stress hormone. Regular massage can help boost your immune system, improve posture, increase range of motion in spine and joints, increase muscle tone, and improve athletic performance. The psychological and emotional benefits include calming your mind and body, relief from stress and anxiety, and also helps with depression. Additionally, massage is known to unblock energy channels and offer an increased awareness of the body, mind, and spirit connection, as well as offering a sense of innerpeace and stillness.
Imagine taking a one-hour break from this always busy and sometimes stressful world, breathing deeply and peacefully, you feel the pain and tension leave your body, feeling so relaxed your body is limp and heavy....
Placing your tense and aching body under the skilled hands of a caring massage therapist you are sure to delight in feelings of being safe, nurtured, and accepted. The firm but gentle rhythmical strokes convince your shoulders to drop and your neck to soften, your limbs become loose and free as new energy flows through your entire body. Your muscles relinquish their accumulated tension. Your mind is still and peaceful. You can allow yourself to become more and more relaxed, possibly even falling asleep. You emerge relaxed, refreshed, and energized!