Massage effects the body & mind as a whole, increasing blood and lymph flow. It is intended to stretch and loosen the muscles, facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes resulting from either exercise or inactivity and increse the flow of oxogen and nutrients to cells and tissue.
In addition massage stimulates the release of endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - into the brain and nervouse system. Mentally, massage therapy provides a relaxed state of alertness, reduces anxiety and mental stress and enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity.
A well-trained massage practitioner employs his hands as finely tuned yet powerful tools to promote wellness. As awareness grows and misconceptions fade regarding the value of massage therapy, more and more people are discovering the profound benefits available to them through regular body work. The origins of therapeutic massage are rooted in the common instinctual response to hold and rub a hurt or pain. It is found in all cultures as an integral part of health care and maintenance. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, considered massage of prime importance in any health regime. Galen and the Romans also greatly prized the healing benefits of massage. With the re-emergence of holistic health theories and therapies, therapeutic massage is experiencing a renaissance and is regaining its rightful place among health care practitioners.
Although massage is not thought of in conjunction with Western medicine, Europeans have employed this time tested practice for centuries. In the U.S. we entrust our health to doctors and our bones to chiropractors and orthopedists, but what of our nerves and muscles? The answer is massage therapy. Medical massage can be used to prevent muscular atrophy in cases of broken bones, to reduce inflammation in strains and sprains, to reduce inflammation of sciatica and lumbago, to increase circulation of varicose ulcers, to stimulate normal bowel movements and much more. Although massage may create positive changes in many ailments there are indications for not giving massage. The trained therapist is well informed as to contraindications. Active and passive exercise is the key to good health. The informed therapist may evaluate your range of motion and make recommendations for simple exercises to maintain or improve your health.