The ancient art of massage has been used throughout the centuries to soothe aches and pains and facilitate the body's own healing abilities. With today's busy, stressful lifestyles, there's never been a better time to take advantage of the benefits of massage therapy.
Massage Benefits include:
- Relieves stress
- Reduces heart rate
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases blood circulation and lymph flow
- Relaxes muscles
- Improves range of motion
- Increases endorphins (the body's natural painkillers)
- May enhance medical treatment
- Helps people feel less anxious and stressed, relaxed yet more alert
- Creates a sense of well-being
- Relieves muscle tension and stiffness
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves flexibility
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Enhances athletic performance
- Relieves pain
- Improves circulation
- Provides asthma relief
Sports Massage can be characterized two ways: pre-activity and post-activity massage. Pre-activity uses dynamic stretching of all muscles. This allows the connective tissue to work through a full range of motion, reducing possible injury. Post-activity massage focuses on recovering the muscle tissue that may have been impacted doing the particular sport. It involves long strokes and hot stones to flush out the toxins that cause soreness in the muscles and joints.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It is called deep tissue, because it also focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It can help reduce pain, increase range of motion, relieve muscle spasms and improve circulation.