How does therapeutic massage relieve stress and tension?

Psychologically, massage relieves fatigue, reduces tension and anxiety,calms the nervous system and promotes sense of relaxation and renewed energy.

Research has shown that therapeutic massage has direct effect on our Autonomic Nervous System(ANC).The ANC is divided into the sympathetic nervous system( fight-or-flight state) and the parasympathetic nervous system (non-alarm restorative state). Sympathetic stimulation initiates an accelerated heart rate,blood is delivered to muscles,elimination and digestion are inhibited,adrenal secretion of epinephrine/adrenaline and norepinefrine hormones are increased. Parasympathetic system stimulation causes a reduced heart rate,increased digestion and elimination,and increased circulation to the internal organs in relaxation/restorative response.

 

 

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One hour long,relaxing massage seems to sedate the sympathetic system and stimulates parasympathetic system. Research has shown that massage therapy influences the levels of the stress-related adrenal hormones (epinephrine and norepinephrine) and increases the levels of serotonin,dopamine, endorphins and enkephalins, neurochemicals related to elevated moods and pain control.

The psychological effects of massage should not be underestimated. Many people suffer from stress and find that massage promotes relaxation and mental alertness as it soothes away minor aches and pains. For a lot of our clients, regular massage helps to keep them feeling more youthful and encourages them to pay more attention to proper nutrition,exercise and good health practices.

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Is massage therapy for everyone?

 

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First and foremost rule in providing massage therapy : “Do no harm!”

When we define massage as a form of touch that is applied in a therapeutic manner, then it is true that massage of some form is beneficial to nearly everyone. However, there are situations where particular manipulations and techniques may not only be uncomfortable for the client but also could be dangerous.

Often during an interview or during the course of the first massage, conditions that the client may not be aware of become apparent that are contraindicated and should be refereed to the attention of a physician.  In massage, contraindication means that conditions may exist in which it would not be beneficial to apply massage to a part or all of the body.I know it is the last thing you want to hear from a massage therapist while laying on massage table, expecting to just relax and finally get that pain worked our of your body. To prevent this from happening we recommend that you get clearance from physician before starting massage therapy sessions.

While massage therapy has been credited with being a benefit in helping patients  recover from various illnesses and injuries, in case of some acute injuries or chronic diseases, the client’s physician must be consulted before massage treatments are given. Some of the conditions that might require physician’s recommendations in writing are :

 Once all contraindications are ruled out, don’t put relaxation, reduced stress and pain-relief off any longer. Schedule today and allow us to share the countless benefits of safe, relaxing therapeutic massage.

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