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Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

So What IsΒ  Massage Exactly?
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:

Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.

Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.

Somatic: Meaning β€œof the body.” Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.

There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.

Benefits of Massage

  1. Reduces stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system
  2. Eliminates headaches
  3. Relieves sore muscles and back pain
  4. Increases white blood cells by 85%.thus dramatically decreasing illness
  5. Improved circulation by the dilation of blood vessels, relieving congestion throughout the body
  6. Increased lymph drainage by acting as a mechanical cleanser and hastening the elimination of waste
  7. Induces relaxation that has a sedative, stimulating or even exhausting effect on the nervous system
  8. Relieves mental and physical fatigue
  9. Improves muscle tone by helping to prevent or delay muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity
  10. Reduces muscle atrophy due to lack of exercise
  11. Flushes the body of toxins and waste which supports the immune system
  12. Promotes overall wellness
  13. Assists in constipation and diarrhea
  14. Increases metabolism assisting in weight loss

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