Massage Therapy

massage-therapy_headerMassage therapy is defined as the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance overall health and well being.  It has been recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4000 years old.  Massage therapy refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues that include applying a fixed or movable pressure, vibration, rocking, joint mobilizations, frictions, kneading and compressions to name a few.  All of the techniques used are for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body primarily using the hands, although massage therapists will also use other areas of the body, such as their forearms and elbows.

Some of the physical and mental benefits include:

  • relaxes the whole body
  • relieves tired and aching muscles
  • diminishes chronic pain
  • lowers blood pressure
  • lowers heart rate
  • assists in recovery from injuries and illness
  • loosens tight muscles
  • increases flexibility and range of motion
  • reduces tension headaches
  • reduces mental stress
  • promotes restful sleep
  • improves concentration
  • calms the nervous system