The Power of Bodywork is profound. We often call massage pampering, rejuvenating, and therapeutic; it can be even more powerful than that. It can be part of your preventative health plan. The work itself can be an important ally in improving our health and quality of life.
Receiving massage can be crucial for stress relief, and pain management. It is therefore vital that we begin to condition our attitude and incorporate it regularly into a wellness plan and routine. Eliminating anxiety and pressure is difficult in this fast paced world. Massage can help us cope and manage that stress with ease.
Massage is useful for For Pain and Stress Management. Some people may need to receive one or even two treatments a week for several months to get through a trauma, injury or difficulty. The good news is, it feels good and is good for you. For maintenance massage, it is common to come once every 2-4 weeks. Part of the beauty of bodywork is that it is good for many systems in the body including your musclo-skeletal, endocrine, nervous, and lymphatic. You can recover from stress of injury, trauma and hardship much faster than just taking drugs. Unlike many western drugs, massage is good for the liver and helps eliminate inflammation from the body in a efficient manner.
Here are just some of the many benefits of massage:
- Decrease anxiety and depression
- Enhance sleep quality
- Give an overall sense of calmness
- Improve energy and sense of well being
- Reduce fatigue
- Improve digestion
- Improve concentration.
- Increase circulation.
- Increase recovery time from exercise and or trauma/injury
- Significant decrease in edema and inflammation
- Decrease in pain and tension
- Decrease scar tissue
- Improve alignment of the spine
Scheduling and budgeting for bodywork is beneficial on so many levels and is a true investment in your immediate and long term health. A reasonable plan can be met by client and practitioner in a professional and caring manner.
Types of massage Michele Curtis offers:
One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area
being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage, otherwise tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.
Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. During the massage, the athlete generally focuses on visualizing the upcoming event. Post-event massage is also delivered on site, through the clothes. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
Lymphatic Therapy is unique in that healthcare professionals learn how to palpate the lymphatic flow. As they develop their skills, they can then identify the rhythm, direction, and quality of the lymphatic flow. Advanced practitioners will be able to precisely map the lymphatic flow to find alternate pathways for drainage.