|Benefits of Massage Therapy
by Maeghan Gershey, L.M.T.
Here at InnerMovement, massage therapy is often recommended as part of your treatment plan. Why? Massage therapy has a host of benefits for you, from general well being to injury recovery.
Massage is a generic term for the therapeutic, manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue or fascia). There are many kinds of massage; a quick Internet search will reveal over 100 different types! At InnerMovement, our most popular massage is our Wellness Massage. Meant for relaxation, rejuvenation, and relief from any aches and pains you may be experiencing, you'll find that each massage is a combination of Swedish and deep tissue techniques, with long, flowing circulatory strokes interspersed with deeper, more focused work to those areas in particular need of attention.
Massage has many positive effects on the overall condition of the tissues and the body. As the therapist works, the massage strokes aid in the circulation of blood and lymph, enhancing health and supporting immune function (a plus during cold and flu season!). Increased blood flow to the tissues helps to relax stiff muscles and joints, easing pain and restoring a healthy flow of oxygen into the affected area. This increased blood flow can also support recovery from injury or surgery, reducing moderate swelling and scar tissue, and helping to restore muscle length and range of motion.
And let's not forget its stress-relieving benefits. Stress is clearly a factor in so many illnesses and diseases. From relieving headaches to unwinding those tricky and uncomfortable spots that plague us all, using massage as a way to minimize the physical effects of stress will benefit you in the long run.
Research continues to show the benefits of therapeutic touch-from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to reducing the tensions of modern lifestyles. Think of massage as preventive healthcare, like diet, exercise and regular check-ups. Aim for one to two times per month for maintenance, and more frequently if you have a specific complaint or an injury that needs to be addressed. Your massage therapist can create a customized treatment plan that best meets your needs.