Many people mistakenly believe that relaxation is the goal of massage therapy. At Healing Touch 4 Therapeutic Colon Cleansing, we like to think of relaxation as a side of effect of all the other physical and mental health benefits. These healing benefits have been known for thousands of years in other cultures, yet it’s only recently that science has started to catch up.
Health Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
Regular visits to a professional massage therapist can help your body in a lot of unexpected ways. Your body is made up of muscles, joints, ligaments, organs, blood vessels, and bones. Not to mention your brain which connects your whole body together. If everything in your body is connected, why do so many people insist that massage is only about relaxing the muscles?
Here are some reasons to get a therapeutic massage at Healing Touch 4 Therapeutic Colon Cleansing:
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
- Treats sports injuries
- Treats anxiety and depression
- Treats migraines
- Improves the quality of sleep
- Improves balance and flexibility
- Lowers blood pressure
- Fights symptoms of fibromyalgia
- Fights the symptoms of and preventing carpal tunnel syndrome
- Enhances physical performance
Types of Massage at Healing Touch 4 Therapeutic Colon Cleansing
The best-known type of full-body massage is Swedish massage. One of Healing Touch 4 Therapeutic Colon Cleansing’s professional massage therapists will relax your whole body by kneading the muscles with their hands. Through pre-cision tapping, bending and stretching, this type of massage can increase blood flow, decrease toxin build-up, and boost the immune system.
During pregnancy, the human body goes through a lot of big changes. These changes can produce in-flammation and release stress hormones which disrupt well-being. Not to mention carrying a baby means carrying a lot of extra weight that your body might not be prepared for. A qualified prenatal massage therapist in Longwood can help with many of the discomforts caused by pregnancy. This can enhance the well-being and health of both the mother and the baby.
Due to the health risks involved, it’s important to receive this kind of massage from a specialized pre-natal massage therapist.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massages are perfect for people suffering from chronic pain, old injuries, limited mobility and more. Although some of the techniques might appear similar to Swedish massage, the goals are very different. By applying deep pressure to very specific parts of the body, the massage therapist aims to break up old scar tissue, loosen muscle knots, and free up ligaments.
Hot Stone Massage
Typically combined with either a deep tissue or Swedish massage, the hot stone massage uses warmed-up basalt stones. Their smooth, round contours disperse the heat evenly along your spine. The goal is to relax your muscles and increase blood flow. It’s great for preparing for a full body mas-sage.
The sports massage is a type of deep tissue massage. It focuses on increasing flexibility and range of motion while reducing joint pain and other symptoms of sports-related injuries. The sports massage is also a great choice for those who are looking to be a little more active in their day-to-day lives in Long-wood.
Six Reasons Doctors Recommend Massage Therapy
As we mentioned above, there are a lot of reasons to get massage therapy and many of them have nothing to do with relaxation. We thought we’d go a bit further and tell you about some of the surprising benefits of massage therapy. Here are six reasons doctors recommend massage therapy:
1. Alleviate the Symptoms Associated With Sitting All Day
Most people in Longwood (and elsewhere) work in offices that require you to sit all day. For many years, doctors have been trying to convince people that sitting is not good for your health. Researchers have connected sitting for long periods of time to everything from heart disease to dementia to weight gain to back pain. It’s a hard world out there. But it’s even worse if you’re sitting down for it. Thankfully massage therapy from a qualified practitioner is a great way to alleviate some of the side effects caused by long periods of sitting. More than just loosening up you back, it’ll help you build muscle, improve circulation, improve flexibility, and more.
2. Massage Therapy Improves Sleep Quality
Massage therapy can help people who are undergoing surgery, who have chronic pain, or even those who are getting chemotherapy to sleep. That’s because it helps relax the muscles which can become strained from continual stress and pain. Research also shows that it’s also a great way to get infants to fall asleep and cry less. Infant massage therefore improves the ability of infants to adjust to a range of conditions that can be shocking for them.
3. Boost Your Immune System
Massage therapy can actually help your body produce white blood cells that help defend against diseases. These surprising results of recent studies have begun to overturn the idea that massage is just a tool for relaxation. Massage therapy can actually protect you from becoming ill and boost your immune system.
4. Reduce Levels of Cortisol and Vasopressin
Studies have shown that massage therapy can reduce stress levels by physically decreasing the quantity of the stress hormone cortisol. Studies have also shown that vasopressin, a hormone linked to aggressiveness, may be produced less by those who regularly undergo massage therapy.
5. Eases Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are often exhibited through physical symptoms in the body. However, massage therapy has been shown to ease not just the symptoms of anxiety and depression, but also the root causes. A study from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that patients who received massage therapy were less anxious and depressed than those who didn’t.
6. Chronic Pain and Muscle Strain
Massage therapy can improve blood circulation and help release lactic acid from muscle tissue. This helps loosen up the muscles and relieve much of the pain associated with strained muscles. It’s a great way to help reduce the symptoms of chronic pain, fibromyalgia, post-surgery recov-ery, sports injury recovery, etc. It’s also been shown to help treat patients with chronic back pain.