Bodywork that's more than skin deep

Massage therapy is just one part of a healing regimen. Yoga or daily stretching and breathing exercises are key elements in preventing injury, reducing stress and maintaining overall health. They extend the benefits of massage treatments! A balanced diet, exercise, plenty of water and laughter are also important aspects in a healthy lifestyle.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Benefits of Traditional Thai Massage

The Physical Benefits

*Increases flexibility and mobility
*Increases relaxation in the body
*Helps to detox the body
*Helps to boost the immune system
*Increases the circulation of blood and lymph
*Reduces blood pressure
*Facilitates proper breathing
*Improves posture and body alignment
*Relieves pain and muscle tension
*Diminishes foot and leg cramping
*Dissolves energy blockages
*Supports joint health
*Invigorates internal organs and the nervous system
*Helpful in relieving headaches, migraines and back pain

The Mental Benefits

*Improves mental clarity
*Heightens awareness
*Helps to relieve stress and anxiety
*Boosts energy and stamina
*Promotes a feeling of well-being balancing the mind, body and spirit.

Monday, January 12, 2009

What Are the Benefits of Massage?

Many people think of it as a luxury, but massage is much more than simple relaxation. The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be studied, but research has shown it to be effective in:

*Decreasing pain
*Reducing anxiety and stress
*Improving range of motion
*Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
*Reducing muscle soreness
*Boosting the immune system
*Lessening depression
*Relieving back pain
*Promoting tissue regeneration
*Easing withdrawal symptoms
*Treating cancer-related fatigue
*Easing labor pain and stress
*Relieving migraine pain
*And more

from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Friday, January 9, 2009

What is Massage Therapy?

Wall painting in the tomb of Ankhmahor (the physician's tomb), Saqqara, Egypt c.2340 B.C.

Massage is believed to be one of the oldest forms of medical care, dating back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Its vital role in health care was universal. In 2700 BC, a Chinese book of internal medicine recommended "the massage of skin and flesh". More than two thousand years later Hippocrates-the father of modern medicine-wrote that "the physician must be acquainted with many things and assuredly with rubbing" (the ancient Greek word, massein, means to knead).

Today, the term massage therapy is used to describe the manipulation of soft tissue - muscles, skin and/or tendons - by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows and even feet. Bodywork is a general term for manual techniques that involve touch and movement and are used to promote health and healing.

Almost a quarter of all American adults have received at least one massage in the past twelve months. And the number continues to grow as more and more people discover the benefits of massage - for relaxation, rehabilitation and rejuvenation.

from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.