Rather than thinking of massage as a "TREAT", think of it as a TREATMENT Many people are unaware of the health benefits that regular massage treatments provide. Aside from a treat to escape for an hour of quiet relaxation, massage has been known to help the body in the following ways:
* reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
* reduce pain related to sports injury, strain, fibromyalgia, TMJ, paresthesia and nerve pain, osteoarthritis,
* improve sleep
* alleviate headaches
* improve posture
* increase circulation - this strengthens the immune system!
* lowers blood pressure
* reduces symptoms related to: carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, whiplash, scoliosis, torticollis, thoracic outlet syndrome, pregnancy related muscle aches and pains, muscle injury
How to make the most of your next appointment: * Before the session, give your massage therapist accurate health information and share your expectations.
* Your massage therapist will probably use oils, lotions or powders to decrease friction on your skin. If you have allergies, tell your massage therapist.
* Music might be played during your massage session. If you find music distracting, let your massage therapist know your preferences. The same goes for talking during your session.
* Report any discomfort you experience during the massage session, whether it’s physical or has something to do with the environment.
* Provide your massage therapist feedback during the massage concerning pressure and speed of hand movement, for example.
* Discuss any apprehensions you have about massage therapy with your massage therapist. Remember, your massage therapist is a professional who is dedicated to the profession.
* Remember, too, the therapeutic benefits of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond.