BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THEAPY
An increasing number of research studies show massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment). Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from exercise or injury. Here are just some of the benefits of massage::
Swedish & Deep Tissue:
Muscle-specific applications of the standard to deep effleurage, petrissage, vibration, and tapotement techniques.
Rhythmic compression into muscles used to create a deep hypremia and softening effect in the tissues.
Friction techniques applied in a general manner to create a stretching and broadening effect in large muscle groups; or on site-specific muscle and connective tissue, deep transverse friction applied to reduce adhesions and to help create strong, flexible repair during the healing process.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Stimulation of specialized lymphatic-drainage pathways, which improves the body¹s removal of edemas and effusion.
Shiatsu utilizes a combination of pressure and assisted-stretching techniques, some of which are common to other therapies, such as Massage, Physiotherapy, Acupressure, Osteopathy, Lymphatic Drainage, Do-in and others. The treatment stimulates the circulation and the flow of lymphatic fluid, releases toxins and deep seated tensions from the muscles, stimulates the hormonal system and the immune system, and acts on the autonomic nervous system, allowing the recipient to relax deeply and to get in touch with own healing power.
*** PLEASE NOTE:
Some people are completely 'out of touch' with their bodies and are aware only that all is not well when pain is felt. If this is so, then any beneficial effects from shiatsu may not register.
Many overweight persons have a deposit of fat below the skin and around the internal organs. The body is unable to burn off this fat and this layer forms a barrier to ki. The flow is stopped. Thus, in general, overweight people do not benefit as much from shiatsu because of the difficulty in stimulating the flow of ki in the
PREGNANCY / PRE-NATAL MASSAGE:
Only after the first trimester can the female get a massage. Positioned mostly side lying with support from pillows/cushions in appropiate areas. Helps relieve back pain, sore feet, neck pains. Helps relax the baby on the inside as well
The scientific manipulation and assessment of soft tissue for the prevention of injuries and therapeutic purposes, involving the restoration to normal functional activity of the various structures of the body, while maintaining good physical condition and health, through
mobilizing and improving muscle tone, promoting relaxation, stimulating circulation, and producing therapeutic effects on all systems of the body.
Thai massage is a type of massage in Thai style that involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork is usually performed on the floor, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used in Thai massage. It is known in Thailand as "nuat phaen boran" (Thai: นวดแผนโบราณ, IPA: [nûət pʰɛ̌ːn boːraːn]), literally, the ancient-manner massage.
The massage recipient changes into loose, comfortable clothes. The massage practitioner leans on the recipient's body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows the Sen lines on the body — A full Thai massage session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, and arching the recipient's into bhujangasana or (cobra position). There is a standard procedure and rhythm to this massage.
The MyoKinesthetic System
Myo = Muscle, Kinesthetic = Movement - The muscle movement technique that corrects & balances the nervous system. The technique itself uses stretching or contraction of the muscles with a stimulation the key being to actually stimulate all the muscles along one nerve pathway. The technique is designed to affect the nervous system at the nerve root level to quickly & efficiently eliminate chronic & acute symptoms.
Helps problems such as: