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The Benefits Of Massage Therapy

More and more scientific studies are finding what many massage therapists, bodyworkers, and other types of healers from cultures all over the world have nown intuitively for centuries - that massage is beneficial to the health of all the systems of the body.

Massage Therapy has a proven history of effectiveness as a primary or additional therapy for almost any condition that includes a stress component. The therapeutic touch provided by a Registered Massage Therapist can be beneficial for many conditions, but is predominantly helpful if your loved one is in a wheelchair or his/her mobility is limited. Reduced mobility causes the circulation in the body to diminish and nerve function to decline. The outcome leads to the degeneration and shortening of the muscle, resulting in rigid joints that cannot straighten normally. Shortened muscles due to inactivity or immobility can be helped with massage and gentle stretching. As stress and tension is relieved, minor physical ailments sometimes disappear.

There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

Swedish massage:Swedish massage is a dynamic massage technique that aims to dissolve tension and firm up both muscles and points of articulation. With an invigorating and relaxing effect, it can help to improve both blood and lymph circulation, while eliminating toxins and helping the body regain its natural equilibrium.

Deep massage: Deep tissue massage is typically performed without oil, using long and slow strokes. It targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues, helps relieve chronic muscle tension by loosening muscles, and eliminates toxins.

Sports Massage: This is similar to Swedish massage, but it's geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries. Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

SHIATSU: Shiatsu is a massage technique that traces its roots to Japan. It uses touch to re-balance the flow of vital energy in the parts of the body with either an excess or deficiency of energy. Practiced on a futon over your clothing, this massage treatment serves to improve muscle flexibility, helps to align the skeleton and facilitates the harmonious development of the nervous system.

Other types of massages:

Aromatherapy Ayurvedic Bowen therapy Deep Tissue Hawaiian / Lomi-lomi Manual Lymphatic Drainage Myofascial Release Reflexology Shiatsu Sports Swedish Thai Trigger point therapy

Benefits for the mind includes:

reduces anxiety improves sleep habits decreases tension promotes healing improves circulation improves postural alignment increases body awareness reduces stress and muscle spasms increases range of motion Increases muscle flexibility and relaxation Reduces or manages pain Helps decrease inflammation Improves tissue health Improves lymphatic flow Decreases the formation of scar tissue Decreases Spasms Decreases Stress levels Improves circulation Gives a feeling of well being Reduces blood pressure Flushes metabolic waste from muscles Improves respiratory functions Benefits the immune system Increases alertness Decreases asthma symptoms Decreases anxiety Reduces depression

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