The Centre for Healing Arts
Therapies > Massage
Aromatherapy, Hot Stone, Indian Head, Sports, Swedish, Therapeutic, Warm Bamboo . Most are available as full body, half body or back/neck and shoulders.
WHAT CAN MASSAGE DO FOR YOU?
Painful or Tight Muscles
Massage can relieve many types of muscle tightness, from a short-term muscle cramp to a habitually clenched jaw or tight shoulders. Some massage techniques release tension directly by stretching, kneading, and compressing your muscles. Other techniques work indirectly by affecting your nervous system to allow your muscles to relax.
Delayed Muscle Soreness
After vigorous exercise, a buildup of waste products in your muscles can leave you feeling tired and sore. Massage increases circulation, thus removing waste products and bringing healing nutrients.
Pain or Tingling in Arms or Legs
Muscles can become so contracted that they press on nerves to the arms, hands and legs, causing pain or tingling. If this happens, a massage to release the contracted muscles can bring relief.
Massage can help heal injuries that develop over time, such as tendonitis, as well as ligament sprains or muscle strains caused by an accident. Massage increases circulation to the affected area, which removes waste products and brings nutrients to injured cells. Certain massage techniques can limit scar formation in new injuries and can reduce or make more pliable the scar tissue remaining around old injuries.
Prevention of New Injuries
By relieving chronic tension, massage can help prevent injuries that might result from putting stress on unbalanced muscle groups or from favouring or forcing a painful, restricted area.
Joint Pain or Restriction
Besides releasing tight muscles that restrict joint movement, massage directly affects your joints by improving circulation around them and stimulating the production of natural lubrication within them, relieving pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis.
As massage releases restrictions in muscles, joints, and surrounding fascia, your body is freed to return to a more natural and healthy posture. Massage can also relieve the contracted muscles and pain caused by abnormal spinal curvatures such as scoliosis.
The psychological effects of massage
*Relaxes the mind thereby reducing anxiety and its effects
*Relaxes the body, thereby reducing tension and the effects of stress
*Very soothing and comforting, thereby lifts the spirits on an emotional level, increasing positive feelings, reduces depression
*Increases energy by invigorating all body systems
* Promotes self esteem