What Is Massage?
Massage is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. In fact, Hippocrates, known as the "father of medicine," referenced massage when he wrote, in the 4th century B.C.: "The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing."
Massage involves a wide range of techniques used to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body, in order to prevent and alleviate pain or discomfort, stemming from stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes. It is a practice that achieves undeniable results in achieving health and wellness.
Physical and Mental Benefits of Massage
- reduces muscle tension and stiffness
- soothes muscle spasms
- relieves tired and aching muscles
- increases recovery time after workouts
- increases flexibility and range of motion
- diminishes chronic pain
- calms the nervous system
- lowers blood pressure
- lowers heart rate
- enhances the health and nourishment of skin
- promotes faster healing of soft tissues
- strengthens the immune system
- reduces tension headaches
- increases blood circulation and movement of lymph
- reduces mental stress and anxiety
- improves concentration
- promotes restful sleep
- aids in mental relaxation
- increases awareness of the mind-body connection
- fosters a feeling of peace and well-being