The literal meaning of the word massage is manipulation of the soft tissue of the body using the hands. Here are just some of the many physical advantages you may get from your massage:
Strengthen the immune system
Stimulate the release of endorphins, the bodys natural painkiller
Promotes deeper and easier breathing
Improves circulation, increasing the flow of oxygen to and nutrients to cells and tissues
Speeds movement of lymph fluids, facilitating the removal of metabolic wastes, which accumulate from exercise or inactivity
Relieves muscle tension and stiffness and decreases muscle spasms
Relief from headaches
Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
Facilitates healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments, reduces pain and swelling and the formation of excessive scar tissue
Enhances the health and nourishment of the skin
Human touch is one of our most basic needs and connects one person to another. The feelings that result are healing and emotionally energizing. Here are a few of the many emotional advantages of massage:
Satisfies the need for caring, safe and nurturing touch
Creates a feeling of well-being
Increases awareness of the mind-body connection
IT FEELS GREAT!
If this is your first massage, you may feel a little awkward or embarrassed. No need! You will be covered at all times by a sheet, and you may leave on any items of clothing that you wish to make you feel comfortable.
If you have any questions about any aspect of your massage, please ask your therapist.