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The Health Benefits Of Massage

Massage relieves stress and tension. But did you know it lowers your blood pressure, pulse, and rate of breathing? Studies have shown regular massage reduces depression, increases feelings of well-being, and strengthens your immune system. A massage can help you sleep better.

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Although there are many types of massage, Swedish is the most popular. During a Swedish session, the muscles and soft tissues are warmed with long, gliding strokes followed by kneading. This increases the blood supply, brings in oxygen and nutrition, and releases waste products. A massage of moderately deep pressure relieves pain caused by muscle spasms.

Neuromuscular, or deep tissue, massage can reduce the pain of such uncomfortable conditions as carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, sciatica, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome, low back pain, and migraine headaches.

Massage can release adhesions and pain associated with a scar as well as improve its appearance.

Massage can be performed before a sporting event to warm up an athlete’s muscles and get him/her physically and psychologically prepared for competition. Afterwards, massage helps to stretch and elongate the muscles, as well as flushing them of waste products.

During pregnancy, massage can relieve the pressure placed on the expectant mother’s pelvis, low back, hips, and feet by the growing fetus. Sessions can also be used to teach the partner how to reduce the mother’s discomforts during labor. This special time together helps the mother and partner bond with each other, as well as with the baby. Infant massage is an excellent method to help the parents comfort and soothe their new arrival.

Although there are many other types, chair massage done at the workplace must be mentioned. You’ll be amazed how relaxed and nurtured you’ll feel, almost as though you had slept soundly, after only 10 or 15 minutes. And the benefits last for many hours.

To get the most from your massage, choose a nationally certified therapist. Look for the credential “NCTMB” (Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork).


 

Therapeutic Massage
Massage is one of the most natural and instinctive means of relieving pain and discomfort. When a person has sore, aching muscles, it is an instinctive impulse to touch and rub that part of the body to obtain relief. For centuries, throughout almost every culture, massage has been used to promote health and well-being. Therapeutic massage promotes circulation, relaxes muscles, relieves pain, and provides feelings of both physical and mental well being. It can increase energy levels, help you sleep better, and reduce your stress levels.


Pregnancy Massage
During pregnancy, massage to the back, hips, and legs can reduce the discomfort you are experiencing because of  body changes associated with your growing baby. Massage can also help you prepare for the birthing process by helping you focus on breathing  techniques and releasing tension that has built up in specific areas of your body.


Neuromuscular Therapy
Neuromuscular therapy provides pain relief for people with repetitive stress and other injuries such as low back pain, whiplash, carpal tunnel, and sciatica. By  identifying which muscles are the triggers for pain and bringing  oxygen and nutrients to these tissues with special massage techniques, pain is relieved and range of motion restored. You will be given tips to help maintain good posture both at rest and with activity so that further injury and pain can be prevented.


Reiki
Reiki (pronounced “RAY – key”)  comes from two Japanese words,  Rei” and “Ki,” and means “spiritually  guided life energy.”  It is a powerful yet gentle method of healing touch designed to bring profound peace and healing to the mental, physical, and emotional being. Reiki can  relieve pain as it creates a deep state of relaxation. It can be used in  conjunction with other modalities such as massage therapy and psychotherapy, as well as traditional medical modalities like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Research has shown  that Reiki accelerates the body's   own natural mending process and increases the immune response in both the recipient as well as the practitioner.

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Reflexology
Reflexology is a form of bodywork dating back thousands of years. The 7000 nerves found in the feet are believed to correspond to  every muscle system and organ in the body. Pressure points are stimulated to produce a response from the autonomic nervous system which  helps create balance throughout the entire body. 


Integrative Holistic Approach
Rhoda is dedicated to creating a treatment plan especially for you.  She will combine a variety of  bodywork modalities to meet your unique needs.


Your Massage

Your unique full-body massage will last one to one and one-half hours and will include work on the back, legs, arms, feet, hands, neck, shoulders  and head.  You will be properly draped at all times; only the area of the body being massaged  will be uncovered. Light oil or cream is used to enable the practitioner to effectively  work over the skin and into your muscles.  The session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Relaxing music or  sounds of nature will accompany your massage so as to create a safe, healing space. 


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