Massage and Healing Touch

Massage therapy

A holistic form of treatment that can have a profound effect on the mind, body and emotions. Massage aids digestion, stimulates the lymphatic system and improves circulation and, combined with the psychological benefits, quickly brings about a feeling of overall well-being.

Massage therapy can be a powerful component of grief therapy. In increasing circulation, massage flushes away stress hormones and increases the flow of endorphins, natural mood elevators. In a massage session, you can let go and enjoy a much-needed sense of peace and nurturing. Massage sometimes prompts tears and the expression of sadness. This is a natural, normal emotional response to nurturing touch.

Researchers are finding that massage can supplement standard medicine in treating a broad range of conditions including chronic pain in the back, neck and shoulders; tension headache; hypertension; sleep problems, arthritis, and depression. Many patients report that they feel more relaxed and less stressed after receiving a massage. Some say that they return to work more focused, energized and better able to solve problems.


 

Physical Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Provides deep relaxation and stress reduction
  • Relieves muscle tension and stiffness
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Increases ease and efficiency of movement
  • Improves posture
  • Supports the immune system

Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Promotes a relaxed state of alertness
  • Reduces mental stress
  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity

Emotional Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Satisfies the need for caring and nurturing touch
  • Creates a feeling of well-being
  • Enhances self-image
  • Reduces levels of anxiety
  • Increases awareness of the mind-body connection

 

For more information, please visit the website of the American Massage Therapy Association at http://www.amtamassage.org/.