What Is Therapeutic Massage?

Massage has been described as “the healing touch”. Although massage itself does not heal, it does promote the body and the individual to heal.

Often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, massage therapy refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body.

It consists of a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body, using primarily the hands. The massage therapist can also use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. These techniques affect the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous and other systems of the body.

The goal of massage therapy is fairly straightforward: to positively affect the health and well being of the client or consumer.

Numerous physical and mental health benefits have been attributed to massage, including reducing stress and aiding in relaxation; reducing the heart rate; lowering blood pressure; increasing blood circulation and lymph flow; relaxing the muscles; reducing chronic pain and improving joint range of motion.

For a more detailed list of Emotional, Mental & Physical benefits concerning massage please keep reading.

Specifically, people have found that massage can help manage a variety of conditions. The client is recommended to remove all their clothes and jewelry. Women will be asked to remove their bras. A sheet will always drape clients over their entire body except for the part of the body being worked on. During the massage, draping is NOT optional.

Never experienced a massage before?

If you have never had a massage, you may not know what to expect.

There is really nothing to worry about. If you are nervous and shy about your body, remember that I see bodies of all shapes, sizes and ages. You will be left to undress on your own and get on the table, under the sheets and blanket. You will be made to feel as safe and comfortable as possible since modesty is your prerogative. Ladies, if you are nervous about a first visit, please feel welcome to bring a friend or a partner along with you.

BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

There is definitely more to massage than just getting the rest and relaxation that your body has been craving for all these time. Yes, while it’s true that there is probably no more effective way to relax and recharge than to get oneself a pleasurable and therapeutic Saint Augustine massage, research studies over the years have proved that there are more important benefits that one can acquire from getting a massage. Since people recognize the healing power of touch, massage has been a frequent topic of a diverse collection of studies and research.

JUST A FEW MENTAL BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

The mind is one area where the benefits of a therapeutic massage can be seen. Here are just few of the many mental benefits of massage:

Stress Management. Experts show that a high number of health problems root from stress. Stress from work, relationships and day-to-day living contribute largely too many diseases. And because it’s impossible to eradicate stress on the face of the earth, a good option is proper stress management. Massage is an effective way of managing stress because it allows to you to have momentary peace of mind and a relaxed mental state which are important in keeping yourself mentally healthy.

Emotional benefits. It’s easy to see how a calming and soothing massage session can give one’s spirits a lift, resulting in much happier and more cheerful person and perspective on life.

Satisfaction of craving for nurturing touch. Babies are not the only ones who long for another person’s loving touch. Even grown-ups do. And because it’s not possible to have everybody within a hug’s reach every minute of the day, a massage will give you the nurturing touch you’re unconsciously longing for.

Reduction of anxiety and fatigue. Better sleep quality. It is for this reason why people diagnosed with insomnia love getting massages. A Saint Augustine massage is way better than sleeping pills.

JUST A FEW PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

The mind isn’t the sole recipient of massage’s positive effects. In fact, it also does wonders for the body and a person’s physical state. Some of the countless physical benefits of massage include:

Muscle relaxation. Massage has been found to dramatically reduce stress by relieving muscular tension and stiffness as well as aid in relaxation of the muscles.

Pain reduction. Because massage can reduce muscle spasm and give comfort to aching muscles, those who have back pains or muscle pains often go to massage centers to alleviate pain.

Enhancement of blood circulation. This is why those who are diagnosed with circulatory problems are often encouraged to receive massage therapies.

Improvement of flexibility, athletic performance and range of motion. It’s not a surprise that many athletes indulge in massage. Not only does this improve their performance, it is also a good way to prevent injuries.

Easy rehabilitation. Massage facilitates easy recovery from an injury such as a leg sprain.

Treatment and improvement of some medical conditions such as Arthritis, Hypertension and musculoskeletal problems.

True enough, the value of massage therapy is priceless. With the countless benefits one can get from a massage, it is just right to treat yourself with a session every once in a while. A well-trained massage practitioner such as myself employs her hands as finely tuned yet powerful tools to promote wellness.

As awareness grows and misconceptions fade regarding the value of massage therapy, more and more people are discovering the profound benefits available to them through regular body work. The origins of therapeutic massage are rooted in the common instinctual response to hold and rub a hurt or pain. It is found in all cultures as an integral part of health care and maintenance.

Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, considered massage of prime importance in any health regime. Galen and the Romans also greatly prized the healing benefits of massage. With the re-emergence of holistic health theories and therapies, therapeutic massage is experiencing a renaissance and is regaining its rightful place among health care practitioners.

Ok … So what are you waiting for??

Call Jennifer now for your “Gift of Relaxation” at (904) 417-8620.

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