Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage
Therapeutic massage provides a number of health and wellness related benefits. These benefits are delivered in a natural and safe non-invasive method and thus, do not carry the harmful side effects associated with prescribed medications and the many invasive medical procedures used today.

Therapeutic massage is wonderful at enhancing and increasing a number of beneficial processes and functions within the human body.

  • Massage enhances ones state of well being
  • Massage enhances soft tissue healing
  • Massage increases flexibility & range of motion
  • Massage increases muscle tone
  • Massage increases blood flow
  • Massage increases dopamine & serotonin levels
  • Massage increases and improves lymphatic fluid flow & drainage
  • Massage induces relaxation
  • Massage stimulates the immune system

Similarly, therapeutic massage is extremely effective at reducing and often eliminating a number of uncomfortable and restrictive symptoms and conditions. 

  • Massage reduces constipation
  • Massage reduces cortisol levels
  • Massage reduces depression
  • Massage reduces emotional stress
  • Massage reduces joint stiffness
  • Massage reduces muscular tension
  • Massage reduces pain
  • Massage reduces scar tissue formation
  • Massage reduces soft tissue knots and trigger points

Types of Massage Therapy

Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light. When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling.


Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.


Sports massage is actually a form of Swedish massage that is delivered to athletes. Most commonly, sports massage focuses on increasing blood and lymphatic fluid flow, reducing and eliminating pain as well as tender trigger points, and increasing range of motion of the affected area. Sports massages can be broken into 4 distinct types - the pre-event sports massage, the post-event sports massage, the restorative sports massage and the rehabilitative sports massage. As the names indicate, each type of sports massage has a different focus for the athlete as they are delivered at different times during their training and performance schedule.


Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation. The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes. The term "Swedish" massage is not really known in the country of Sweden, where it is called "classic massage".


Trigger points or trigger sites are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Trigger point practitioners believe that palpable nodules are small contraction knots[ambiguous] and a common cause of pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle entirely contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction. The trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Practitioners claim to have identified reliable referred pain patterns, allowing practitioners to associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere.


Tui Na is used to reintegrate the neural network particularly along your spine. It "wakes up" the nervous system resulting in healing. Often nerve impulses and impacted by muscle tension and actual physical knots. By breaking up these knots, your body's bioelectricity can flow more readily and its intrinsic ability to heal is dramatically transformed. Tui Na is both diagnostic and therapeutic. The pattern of blockages along the spine has been recognized by Chinese Healers for some time.


Cupping Cupping is an ancient form of folk medicine done throughout the world, although it is not very well understood in the west, it is highly effective. Energy can become stagnant and when that happnes, it becomes toxic. Cupping is a way to remove stagnant toxic energy from the body. Cupping helps restore the equilibrium between the outside and the inside of the body. Cupping is a way of opening the windsows of the body and allowing the excess heat to be removed.

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