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The Benefits of Massage

13 March 2017 | Suzy Monds | Health tips, Massage

 

Massage should be a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan.

  • Massage is the systemized manipulation of soft tissue for the purpose of keeping the body in a state of normality.
  • The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and wellbeing.
  • Massage improves circulation which increases blood flow bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist the elimination of waste products, speed healing after injury and enhance recovery from disease.
  • Taking part in this form of regular self-care can play a huge role in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year.

Nothing ages us fasters internally and externally than high stress.

Massage, therefore, helps manage stress by

  • Decreasing anxiety
  • Enhances sleep
  • Gives greater energy
  • Improves concentration
  • Increases circulation
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Aids relaxation

Research shows massage…

  • Reduces heart rate
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases circulation and lymph flow
  • Improves range of motion
  • Stimulates weak muscles
  • Alleviates pain
  • Improves the condition of the skin, nourishes
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Increases joint flexibility
  • Decreases depression and anxiety
  • Promotes tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Relaxes tired overused muscles
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy

The Mental Benefits of Massage;

  • Relaxed state of mental alertness
  • Relieves mental stress
  • Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond accordingly
  • Enhances the capacity for calm thinking and creativity.
  • Has emotional benefits
  • Satisfies our need for caring touch
  • Reduces levels of anxiety
  • Creates body awareness

 

Sports Massage

– can be sport specific and can target specific muscle groups related to what you do.  A firm massage helps to reduce soreness, lactic acid builds up in the muscle and start the recovery process. It helps to lengthen muscle fibres and increase circulation. A Sports massage is very good during training, before a big event and for recovery after an event. If you want longevity in your sport this is a must.

When muscles are overworked, waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in the muscle causing pain, stiffness and sometimes spasms.

So whether you are a weekend warrior or a seasoned athlete, massage is a vital part of any training routine to keep you performing at your best.

It strengthens and conditions your body, helps you recover faster and increases your performance.

Sports massage is used.

  • Pre-event – warm up
  • Maintenance – during training phase
  • During event – to prevent injury
  • Post event – recovery

Sports massage prepares athletes for peak performance,

  • to drain away fatigue
  • to relieve swelling
  • to reduce muscle tension
  • to prevent injuries

Sports massage also

  • Exercises and stretches weak tight muscles
  • Helps athletes at any level prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts.
  • Faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments.
  • Reduces pain, swelling and reduces the formation of scar tissue.
  • Gives greater joint flexibility and range of motion.
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Promotes the body to recover quicker from injury.
Tight muscles are weak muscles and do not allow an effective training!

Sports massage lowers the risk of injury!

Regular massage allows an athlete to train and recover more quickly and efficiently.

 

Other Services on offer at the Daws Osteopathy Clinic

Relaxation Massage – is a massage that benefits the whole body – gives you relaxation time, time out, reduces stress, headaches, tension in the muscles, helps you sleep and unwind. Rejuvenation for the soul. This is your happy place.

Pregnancy Massage – mothers to be – you can relax, with my special belly pillows that allow you to lay on your tummy and feel safe and comfortable, you can have a full back and leg massage, that can help with circulation, reduce tension, reduce leg swelling and lower back pain and make you feel human again. It can also help put an active baby to sleep.

Therapeutic Massage – A good all over massage working into the muscle groups, releasing them one by one, realigning muscle fibres, reducing stress and tension and keeping you active.

Deep Tissue Massage –  A firm massage that can target specific areas of stress or pain, working deep into the muscle fibres to realign and release the trigger points, keeping you pain-free.