What Is Massage Therapy?
Professional therapeutic massage is an age-old health art, which can aid with the healing process of many physical, mental and emotional ailments. It involves the scientific method of working the body with the hands to restore functionality, release tension as well as improve digestion, circulation, breathing and overall well-being.
Massage is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue with specific techniques to promote or restore health. It can also strengthen your immune system, prevent injury and decrease the stress hormones that age our body and cause illness.
Soft tissue massage is a deep and effective massage therapy that targets the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, fibrous tissues, fascia, and blood vessels. Our massage experts use a series of proven techniques to reach the depths of the soft tissue and relieve any trapped tension. This massage technique can improve flexibility, reduce pain and tension, get rid of inflammation, and improve athletic performance. People of all ages with all levels of activity can benefit from this massage therapy.
Soft tissue massage therapy is a combination of different techniques that can help patients deal with problems like headaches, upper back tension, tennis elbow, neck pain or stiffness, lower back pain, arthritis, shoulder pain and stiffness, and even facial tension. Patients that undergo this massage feel relaxed and flexible at the end of the session.
Our team first determine why you need a massage, and then isolate the most problematic areas before choosing a technique of soft tissue massage. The treatment is customized so that each patient has requires care that will best suit their needs.
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
Why Good Tissue Health is Important:
Many short, thin fibers make up your muscles, which contract on order and work together to mobilize your muscle groups.
These muscles are attached to your bones by connective tissues, called tendons, enabling them to move your body parts.
Your bones are then connected by tough bands of connective tissue, called ligaments, for added stability. Your ligaments are covered by yet another connective tissue called fascia. All of these connective tissues can be referred to as “soft tissues.”
Soft tissues are really fascinating! They aid in joint mobilization and provide the body with the resilience it requires to execute activities.
Your soft tissues give you the opportunity to do a lot of things, but they still prevent you from overextending yourself. These soft tissues can be damaged by certain stresses, especially those caused by the repeated actions within the athletic activity.
A tear in the tendon causes you to experience a significant amount of swelling and inflammation. Many athletes also experience sprains, which are caused by a ligament stretching farther than intended.
These injuries may occur in response to the intensity of your sport, but they can also occur if muscles simply are too tight before you begin one of your workouts.
Therapeutic massage can help with this, as it relaxes the muscles, and may even prevent some of these injuries from occurring in the first place!