REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPY
Health Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage Reduces Muscle Tension: Massage affects the muscles and other soft tissues throughout the
body. It loosens contracted, shortened, hardened muscles. Massage can stimulate weak, flaccid muscles.
Chronic muscle tension reduces the circulation of the blood and movement of lymph in an area.
Massage Improves Blood Circulation:
The oxygen capacity of the blood can increase 10-15% after massage. By indirectly or directly stimulating
nerves that supply internal organs, blood vessels of these organs dilate and allow greater blood supply
Massage Induces Better Lymph Movement:
Lymph is a milky white fluid that drains impurities and waste away from the tissue cells. A component of
these wastes is toxins which are the by-products of metabolism. So, it is a vital to our health. Muscular
contraction has a pumping effect that moves lymph. Massage and exercise help to move lymph.
Massage Results In Increased Mobility and Range of Motion of Joints:
Massage provides a gentle stretching action to both the muscles and connective tissues that surround
and support the muscles and many other parts of the body, which helps keep these tissues elastic.
Massage Stimulates or Soothes Nervous System:
Massage balances the nervous system by soothing or stimulating it, depending on which effect is needed
by the individual at the time of the massage. Massage Enhances Skin Condition Massage enhances the skin condition by improving the function of the sebaceous and sweat glands, which keep the skin lubricated, clean,
Massage Results in Better Digestion and Intestinal Function:
Massage increases the body's secretions and excretions. It increases the production of gastric juices, saliva,
and urine. There is also an increased excretion of nitrogen, inorganic phosphorus, and salt. As a result, the
metabolic rate increases.
Massage Relieves of Acute and Chronic pain:
Massage can promote recovery from the fatigue and from minor aches and pains
Massage Modalities Description
Shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping
them supple and pliable. Swedish massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes
the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested
in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses. The main purpose of
Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
Sports Massage: (pre-event & post-event)
This is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose
of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to
reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. The main purpose of sports massage
therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissues during physical
activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break
themdown quickly and effectively.
Deep Tissue Massage:
This is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective
tissue. It is especially for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness,
and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement
is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
Hot Stone Massage:
This wonderful massage therapy has its roots far back as the ancient world. Today, hot stone therapy
is becoming widely known for its therapeutic and deep relaxing benefits. The technique involves placing
water-heated smooth stones of various sizes on key points on the body or face. The resulting deep
massage and sensation of warmth and comfort is not to be missed. The hot stone experience can
relieve pain; promote harmony and balance within the body.