Both the young and the elderly can benefit from massage therapy.
Receive massage as part of your wellness program for prevention and "maintenance" OR receive massage occasionally as a treat.....the choice is always YOURS.
How Does Massage Work?
Massage stretches muscles and connective tissues while improving blood flow to the heart and lymph flow throughout the body.
The removal of metabolic waste by massage allows more oxygen and vital nutrients to reach cells and tissues, which promotes the body's innate healing mechanisms.
Depending on the techniques or modalities used, massage stimulates or calms the nervous system to help it self regulate.
Inflammation decreases due to increased circulation and lymphatic flow to the cells.
Massage can be helpful in easing pain associated with many conditions. The human body releases natural pain killers known as endorphins in response to massage. Some of these are more potent than morphine!
Certain techniques of massage are helpful in reducing the formation of scar tissues in new injuries and making old scar tissue more pliable or even lessening the scar tissue. This allows more range of motion for your body.
Massage to joints stimulates the secretion of natural lubricants, increases circulation and is often effective in relieving joint pain.
Massage can be used as a preventive to injury by keeping the muscles and tissues more pliable and flexible while releasing restrictions BEFORE they cause an injury.
Massage can be used to help certain types of injuries heal more quickly.
Who Can Benefit From Receiving Massage?
Almost everyone can benefit from receiving massage. Both the young and the elderly can reap the benefits of massage that is tailored to their specific needs. Some choose to receive massage on a regular basis to make it part of their preventive or wellness program. Others choose to come only occasionally as a treat. It has been my experience that those who receive massage on a regular basis reap greater benefits overall because they are being pro-active and addressing issues before they become problematic.
Those who sit a lot tend to have shortened muscles. Massage can help to lengthen those tight areas. Receiving massage makes one more aware of their bodies and how they use them (sometimes inappropriately). Once you become aware of patterns of hypertension in your muscle and connective tissues you can choose to address them with massage and other techniques; some that you will do at home as self-care.
Those who have had surgeries such as knee or hip replacement benefit greatly by receiving massage as soon as their doctors will allow it. This increases circulation and lymphatic flow and aids healing and mobility.
Young adults who carry heavy book bags (some as heavy as 60 pounds!) every day at school can start taking care of reversing the effects caused from this action.
Those (both younger or older) who participate in sports of any kind can benefit from receiving massage to help their muscles recover from overexertion but also to make their muscles stronger so that they perform better. We have worked on many young athletes and love it when they break their own records after receiving appropriate massage! (Remember that you do not want to receive deep tissue massage for 6 hours before or after strenuous workouts. Let your therapist know and ask to receive pre or post sports massage techniques.)
People who have serious illness, including cancer, can benefit from massage. Be sure to talk to your therapist as she will need to know all the details in order to plan your massage appropriately. While there are some contraindications for massage during illness, most are generally localized contraindications or perhaps time sensitive (such as right after receiving chemo, etc.)
YOU can benefit from massage! We hope you will decide to make us part of your wellness program and receive massage regularly, but if not, we are happy to see you as little or as often as it suits your lifestyle!.