Massage Therapy is a hands-on approach to healing and maintaining the body that is performed by regulated health professionals.
It works by:
physically breaking up adhesions and scar tissue
increasing the flow of blood and lymph, thereby speeding the healing of injuries and increasing the drainage of toxins (by-products of metabolism)
decreasing the tone of tight muscles
releasing entrapped nerves
increasing joint mobility
Used regularly as a maintenance tool, massage:
keeps the tissues healthy with regular blood/lymph flow
decreases the tension on the nervous system by keeping the muscles and joints that surround the nerves flexible and supple
improves posture and body awareness
increases flexibility in the joints and muscles to help prevent injury
improves breathing by releasing the muscles surrounding the rib cage
decreases overall stress and fatigue levels by maintaining a lesser muscle tone and causing you to take some time out for yourself to heal. Plus, touch has been scientifically proven to be an essential part of living a healthy life.
Basically, massage is an all natural, nurturing way to take care of yourself that’s been used by people for millennia.