At Balanced Health and Wellness we offer massage as a therapeutic complement to our other services and techniques. Massage therapy works on the deep tissue and fascia to break soft tissue adhesion’s and bonds between muscular layers that are limiting your body’s range of motion.
Massage can be beneficial for many health conditions. The healing touch of massage can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone levels. It can also enhance immune function, boost levels of endorphins and serotonin – the body’s natural painkillers and mood regulators – and increase blood circulation, all while easing sore and achy muscles.If you have problems with tension headaches, back issues, sports injuries, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, experiment with massage as a relaxing way to help reduce or even eliminate associated pain. Those with eating disorders, anxiety or depression can take advantage of the effects massage has on the mind. Pregnant women can enjoy the benefits of massage: mothers-to-be can reduce stress levels and pain associated with labor.
Most people are aware of the relaxation benefits massage offers, but it can be therapeutic, as well. There is evidence that massage can improve breathing among asthmatic children and adults, lower levels of stress hormones and help relieve tension headaches caused by contracting head, neck or facial muscles. Part of the reason massage may work as well as it does for so many problems is that people expect it to. This is yet another example of the powerful connection between the mind and body – treatment that succeeds in part because patients believe in it. For many of us, massage can simply be wonderfully relaxing, but to gain its full benefit, you need to surrender your body, and have faith in the touch of a skilled therapist.
Many forms of massage therapy are available, one that I often recommend is trigger-point therapy (also known as neuromuscular therapy). This technique applies concentrated pressure to so-called trigger points, which are areas of irritability in the muscle that may feel like lumps or knots. They are often painful and can sometimes lead to pain in other parts of the body. Trigger-point therapy applies sufficient pressure to these areas to relax the muscles – and it stretches the surrounding muscles to help prevent recurrence
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