Integrating body, mind and spirit
In order to understand the benefits and effects of massage, it is important to consider how the body responds physiologically...
Massage is to the body what meditation is to the mind. Both subtle yet profound practices that work gently and cumulatively in ways we may not even notice. We needn’t do anything but breathe and come back to the present moment to experience the profound benefits. It is akin to dropping a stone into water – the point at which the stone hits the water is small but the ripple effects are wide.
Massage is the same, the point of touch can be small but the effect on our bodies systems is wide.
Massage is an excellent component of one’s overall personal Live Well Be Happy program. Integrating body, mind and spirit, massage can significantly reduce physical, mental and emotional fatigue and stress, resulting in a strong overall feeling of energetic rejuvenation and healthy well-being.
Some of the many specific beneficial results of massage include:
- Relief of pain and tension
- Increased flexibility
- Improved posture and athletic performance
- Strengthened immune system
- Enhanced recovery from injuries and post-operative rehabilitation
- Mental calmness and clarity
- Improved sleep and rest
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Massage – Physiological or Psychological?
Massage has a strong effect on the body physically, or physiologically, and you may be surprised at just how much it can be of help to you. Some of these benefits include:
Muscles and joints
Physically massage manipulates the soft tissue of the body, which increases blood and lymph circulation. This relaxes the muscles, tissues, tendons and ligaments, which in turn, releases nerves and deeper connective tissues. When the body has improved circulation, oxygen and nutrients supplied to the cells is enhanced, which leads to toxins and waste being removed from the body.
When your muscles are in knots, when they are in spasm, it usually means that your muscles are in a contracted state. That can also cause the nerves around them to be compressed. Massage relaxes the muscles, which in turn relaxes the compressed nerves. This process improves the function of your muscles and organs. They can obtain nutrients and perform appropriately. Everything within our body is connected… Organs, muscles, bones and nerves.
Muscles are the holding patterns for bones and as I move across my client’s bones and muscles – all are interconnected. If muscles are is in distress, that can create another distress or dysfunction and vice versa. When bones are unaligned, muscles will let you know their displeasure. So overall massage stimulates a positive chain of events that affects the Mind, Body and Soul.
Massage can be helpful to those struggling with depression, attention-deficit, anxiety or stress. It can bring clients to a neutral state of momentary peace-of-mind, and leave them feeling happier, more focused, and ready to embrace life’s next challenge with a renewed sense of peace and vigor. As it releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals, massage should create an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Massage has many clinically-proven therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits to the body’s musculoskeletal, lymphatic and circulatory system. Some deep forms of massage release fibrous bands that form between tissues and organs. Light and superficial forms of massage can interrupt pain perception experienced in chronic pain. Massage can aid the circulatory system by facilitating oxygen and nutrients to tissues and vital organs. This form of therapy is also thought to stimulate the lymph system into releasing toxins. Some believe massage can release endorphins, which aid the body’s natural painkillers. Some massage techniques use passive exercise and stretching aimed at improving rangeof motion and stretching atrophied muscles. Massage is also believed to assist with bloating, inflammation, water retention, and sluggish metabolisms. With so many positive effects, it comes as little surprise that, for many, massage has become an important part of warm-up, training, warm-downs, rehabilitation, well-being, and injury recovery.
Massage is said to impart holistic value. Holistic medicine purports balance through the physical, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health to achieve homeostasis. It is non-invasive, natural and pleasurable. When power of touch is delivered in a refreshingly tranquil, serene, and soothing atmosphere by trained professionals; it is said to take individuals to a euphoric, natural, healthy state of contentment and pain-free relaxation.
But what must not be overlooked – it’s also deeply satisfying to give and to receive.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's so lovely to be able to really relax into my body at this late stage of my pregnancy when I feel like I am being pushed and pulled from the inside. I know I will sleep well tonight, for the first time since this little one inside started dancing.
An amazing massage that helped to relax and to re-align some really tight muscles - great body work.
“Heather immediately identified I was struggling with pain in my shoulders and upper back and suggested massage. After an hours work I could feel the tension evaporate. I can not recommend Heather highly enough; her friendly yet professional approach combined with obvious understanding of the body enables her to quickly identify and address problem areas.”
“Heather is one of the best massage therapists I have experienced, she created a warm relaxed environment which instantly put me at ease. I enjoyed a deep massage in the areas which needed it and importantly, without me feeling bruised and battered afterwards. I look forward to regular treatments.”
“Heather is like the United Nations of massage therapists: very soothing, and excellent in trouble spots.”