Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, including muscle structures, fascia, connective tissue, ligaments and tendons. This manipulation helps stimulate and enhance healing of muscular tension, and tightness, as well as wear and tear caused by everyday activities, exercise and sports. Massage therapy has a place in the treatment of both chronic and acute conditions.
Massage stimulates muscles and nerves and calms the sympathetic nervous system. It increases oxygen in the blood, enhances circulation, releases toxins and muscular tension. Massage also increases the production and release of endorphins, which helps create a sense of relaxation and feelings of well-being.
Massage also increases your capacity for concentration and mindfulness by reducing activity in the areas of your brain responsible for emotion. This allows you to be less reactive and more balanced. Massage has been shown to have a positive effect on serotonin levels, which amongst other things improves memory and learning, and sleep.
Your immune system may also benefit from massage. Studies have shown that massage increases the level of white blood cells, which work to combat viruses. This increase may make you less vulnerable to infections.
Different massage techniques are used for general massage or to address specific ailments. This can be chronic or acute pain. Our clients’ most common ailments are back pain and neck pain but we can also help with shoulder pain, leg pain, hip pain and immobility.
There are many benefits of massage and each individual massage is tailored to the patient’s needs. Our Massage Therapists generally use Swedish, Remedial or Sports massage techniques, often in combination in order to achieve the optimum results for our patients.