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Massage may be the oldest and simplest healing method. Its use has been noted in ancient carvings paintings, and writings. Over the ages, its specific techniques have developed to give it a substantial role in modern healing tools. Today massage is incorporated into many healing modalities as a complementary tool for injury management, stress relief, lymphatic drainage, Fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia, and a multitude of other ailments.
The benefits of Massage Therapy are numerous. Massage increases blood circulation, improving the supply of oxygen and nutrients to body tissues and helping the lymphatic system flush away waste products. It eases tense and knotted muscles and stiff joints, improving mobility and flexibility. It reduces certain types of edema and relieves subcutaneous scar tissue. Massage affects the nervous system through nerve endings in the skin to help induce relaxation and a sense of well-being, to relieve pain and reduce levels of stress chemicals such as cortisol and noradrenaline. It helps reverse the damaging effects of stress by slowing heart rate, respiration, and lowering raised blood pressure.
Whether for health improvement, specific site healing, athletic enhancement, Fibromyalgia, lymphatic flow, or general relaxation and stress reduction, massage can help one access their own physical and mental resources, and firmly place one's ambitions into the "here and now" to improve health and well-being.
What to expect during a massage:
The massage room has been prepared for your comfort and relaxation. You are encouraged, but not required to disrobe, and will be fully draped with a cover during your massage. Occasionally massage can be done with a client fully clothed. I am attentive to your needs in comfort, modesty, and therapeutic tolerance. Massage doesn't need to hurt in order to be successful. Communication during the massage about your comfort level is encouraged, yet needs to be appropriately balanced with quiet and restful relaxation. Soothing music and aromatherapy is optional. After your massage treatment, it is beneficial to drink extra water and enjoy a state of relaxation for some time in order to "take in" the effects of the therapy on all levels: body, mind, and spirit.
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