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The Benefits of Massage Therapy

The advantages of massage therapy are varied and extensive – helping not only your physical well being but also soothing your emotions and reducing stressors.

Massage is an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs and is also used and proven beneficial to helping many chronic conditions including: low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression and more.

Massage affects the circulation and the flow of blood and lymph. It reduces muscular tension and affects the nervous system through stimulation or sedation and enhances tissue healing. These effects provide a number of benefits:

-Reduction of muscle tension and stiffness
-Relief of muscle spasms
-Relief of stress
-Promotes faster healing of soft tissues injuries like pulled muscles and sprained ligaments and reduces pain and swelling related to these types of injuries
-Reduces formation of excessive scar tissues following soft tissues injuries
-Increases awareness of mind-body connection
Types of massage therapy vary, but the most common are:
Swedish – This is a gentle massage using long strokes, kneading, circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize.
Deep Tissue – A technique that uses slower, more forceful strokes to target deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue.
Sports Massage – This is similar to Swedish but is geared toward those that are more active in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger Point – The focus is on trigger points, of sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in muscles after injuries or overuse.

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