What is Massage?
"Massage Therapy helps sooth the muscles we work every day whether we're a high performance athlete, or a simple working person. Repetitive movement produces adhesions in muscle tissue and the hands-on portion of my treatments help break those up while soothing the tissue and restoring fresh/normal circulation to the area. It also allows me to have a feel for the problem-areas for potential use of other modalities such as acupuncture, cupping, taping, or fascial work." - D. Liu
Massage Therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage Therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and improves health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved and physical dysfunction and pain can be relieved or prevented through the use of massage therapy.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages and can also be used for preventative care. (Click here for a related infographic.)
Massage therapy can aid in the recovery from illness, injury or vigorous exercise and training by increasing circulation, musculoskeletal and nervous system function. Massage therapy offers relief from various ailments such as; Stress, Headaches and Migraines, Muscle pain and stiffness, Post injury rehabilitation, Strains/Sprains, Muscle Spasms, Tendonitis and Bursitis, Arthritis, Sciatica and its related symptoms, and much more. Massage therapy can also treat many common athletic injuries.
Keys to Recovery:
Massage therapy will facilitate the recovery of the body by:
• Stretching contracted or relieving over stretched muscles, increasing elasticity of tissues
• Increasing blood and lymph circulation
• Decreasing Pain
• Promoting relaxation
• Improving joint mobility
• Increasing postural awareness
• Controlling or reducing swelling and fluid retention
• Improving the quality of soft tissue repair
• Promoting faster healing
• Deactivating trigger points
Regular exercise, appropriate stretches and intake of lots of water may also help to facilitate recovery.