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Benefits of Massage Therapy

What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments?

• Boosts the immune system.

• Reduces anxiety.

• Reduces the flow of stress hormones.

• Improves sleep - One 60 minute massage is like 8 hours of sleep!

• Improves energy levels and reduces fatigue.

• Improves concentration.

• Increases circulation.

• Improves self-esteem.

• Reduces frequency of headaches.

• Releases endorphins

Top 4 Massage Myths busted

  1. Massage has to be deep to be effective

    • Deep pressure is subjective.  Proper communication is necessary to ensure safe application of deeper pressure.  Healing cannot occur during a flight, fight or freeze response. Your therapist will go over what deep pressure means to you and will encourage you to give as much feedback as possible.  ​

  2. No Massage During the First Trimester of Pregnancy

    • This myth was dispelled many years ago.  The American Pregnancy Association confirms on its website that "women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy-during the first, second and third trimester." There are however some factors we will weigh in like if you are at high risk.  Give us a call if you have any questions and we are more than happy to discuss.​

  3. Relaxing Massage is not Therapeutic

    • It is easy for people to describe massage as either relaxing or therapeutic. Relaxation massage is often described as fluff and buff, lighter pressure application.  Therapeutic is described as deeper pressure.  Relaxation massage is among the top therapeutic benefits of massage therapy. When the nervous system calms, the body may enter a parasympathetic state. The body returns to hemostasis in this state. Healing occurs in this state. 

  4. It hurts here, so the problem is here

    • If someone has suffered an injury to a certain region, there will be associated pain, inflammation and loss of function of that region. However, after the acute or subacute phase of injury the body will adapt to compensate for the dysfunction. The compensation patterns will manifest challenges elsewhere in the body over time if a client does not engage in regular massage or exercise routines.


source: @massagemagazine 2023, Jimmy Gialells

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