Massage Therapy right here on the Saanich Peninsula!
Massage Therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue and joints of the body. The soft tissues include muscle, skin, tendons and associated fascia, ligaments and joint capsules.
Massage has many diverse physiological effects, which are primarily due to the therapist’s hands moving over the body. The different movements can physically stretch muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia, encourage the circulation through the tissue, inhibit muscular spasms and be either sedating or stimulating to the nervous system.
Massage Therapy and Stress Reduction
Prolonged periods of stress can subconsciously affect many systems of the body. Stress has been shown to aggravate, or even cause, such problems as heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, memory loss and decreased immune function.
Massage therapy is one of the best antidotes for stress. Massage boosts the body’s immune system, which can become compromised from extended periods of stress. Tension can build up in the muscles, causing a decrease in circulation and nutrient delivery to tissues. Manipulation of the soft tissue decreases muscular tension, increases removal of metabolic waste and promotes nutrient delivery to healing tissue.
With a therapeutic massage, stress can be significantly reduced. This, in turn, will increase energy, improve your outlook on life, and in the process boost your immune system function.
Massage therapy and injury prevention
Massage therapy is also used to help prevent injuries and maintain mobility by keeping the muscle tissues healthy and by utilizing the circulatory system to eliminate wastes and toxins that may accumulate in the muscles. This can be particularly helpful for people who live an active lifestyle or who have had injuries in the past.
Massage Therapy-Therapeutic Effects
Massage Therapy works on both a physiological and psychological level.
- increased circulation which provides more oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and organs
- stimulates the lymphatic system which removes waste materials from the tissues
- reduces muscle spasms and cramping
- improves muscle and soft tissue range of motion and flexibility
- reduces recovery time from strenuous workouts
- releases endorphins which reduce pain perception
- promotes relaxation
- helps reduce mental stress
- reduces anxiety
- provides a feeling of overall wellbeing
- creates body awareness
- increases the awareness of the mind-body connection