What Can Massage Do For Me?

My massage practice includes a wide range of techniques, taken from various styles of massage, which means that I have plenty of different tools to tailor make treatments for individual clients, whether you are recovering from injury, have chronic pain, or need help to unwind. 

Some of the benefits of massage therapy may include the following:

  • Relieves Stress and Anxiety

  • Improves posture

  • Reduces Muscle Spasm

  • Enhances performance

  • Provides greater flexibility and range of motion in joints

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Strengthens the Immune System

  • Relieves Muscle Tension and Stiffness

  • Enhances the health of the skin

  • Improves Lymphatic Drainage

  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing

 

Everyone knows that massage is a wonderful treatment to promote relaxation, and in this day and age sadly most of us suffer from stress at some level. This means that our Nervous Systems' are operating more often than they should be in a 'fight or flight' state (what is known as the Sympathetic Nervous System). This part of the Nervous System kicks in automatically in response to stress (it is NOT just about mind over matter!) and shifts all of it's energy resources into dealing with a potentially life threatening situation, for example, making the heart beat faster, increasing respiration rate, changing digestive processes and glucose (blood sugar) levels.

 

Usually, once the threat has passed your body returns to a 'normal' state (via your Parasympathetic Nervous System) and Adrenaline and Cortisol (stress hormone) levels return to a normal level and your body knows it can relax as it is now out of danger. However, with chronic stress, when we are experiencing stressors over a prolonged period of time, our bodies are put under a lot of strain as they are working in this fight or flight state for much longer than they should be. This then takes it's toll on all the other systems in the body, including your Cardiovascular System, Endocrine (hormone) System, Respiratory System, Musculoskeletal System, and very commonly the Digestive System (think Irritable Bowel Syndrome). 

 

It is universally accepted that Massage helps to reduce stress and encourages the Nervous System back into rest and recovery (the Parasympathetic Nervous System) mode which will allow all the systems of the body to begin functioning properly again.

 

A massage treatment shouldn't be a luxury, or just taken when you are in pain, it should be a regular part of our lives to help maintain balance in our bodies and keep us healthy.