Benefits of Receiving Regular Massage and Bodywork
Ongoing massage reduces stress and brings balance into our hectic lives. We all need a break to unwind and relax the mind and body. Sleep patterns improve, aiding in learning and memory, while regulating hormones and metabolism. Weekly or monthly massages make an ideal way of honoring yourself. I use it as a reward for being physically active and choosing to eat healthy food. Schedule your sessions in advance so you can anticipate your relaxation break. The intention for healing is set by the therapist and the client for maximum positive outcomes. Stating what the goal is for each session helps make desires known and makes them easier to accomplish.
Massage helps create pliable muscles which prevents injuries and allows the blood and lymph to circulate freely. This enhances the immune system and reduces swelling. Any elderly person can also enjoy healthy therapeutic touch for well-being. Nagging pains are relieved medication free. Those people already feeling well feel even better, gaining vitality by relieving mental stress and releasing endorphins.
Massage therapists use a variety of techniques mostly using their hands and forearms to gain a specific therapeutic effect. Long strokes help to warm the area and smooth tense knots. Firm compressions applied to the tops of the shoulders and forearms change holding patterns in the muscles that have been created by overuse or underuse. Using a similar compression technique with the forearm on the hamstrings will release the glutes and low back muscles, alleviating pain. Kneading a muscle helps free up adhesions that cause achy spots. Massaging pressure points on the face, around the eyes and nose open the sinuses. Smoothing the forehead and releasing the jaw encourages relief from (TMJ) and tension headaches. Massaging the scalp and neck leads to greater range of motion for the head. Massaging on the torso and limbs cause them to realign and become more flexible. Fascia underlies the muscles in the entire body from head to toe. It is helpful to take a holistic approach since one part of the body relates to other parts through energetic and nerve pathways. Massage causes the skin to look smoother and brighter, with a renewed sense of calm. Massage brings a grounded and centered effect, causing one to feel balanced throughout daily life.