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3 Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

Are you thinking of getting a full body massage?  Below are 3 benefits to making your massage a deep tissue massage.

Improves Blood Pressure

Deep-tissue massage helps ease stress and tension, which can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure. People who had a deep-tissue massage saw their systolic pressure drop by an average of 10.4 mm Hg and their diastolic pressure drop an average 5.3 mm Hg, according to a study cited by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Deep-tissue massage can help increase the body’s production of serotonin, the hormone that promotes happiness and good feelings. Source: LiveStrong

Reduces Chronic Pain

Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain. Source: WebMD

Relieves Osteoarthritis pain

According to Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs. Source: About

Work hard and play hard, but don’t forget to recover hard. That’s the key to a balanced life.  If you would like to get more information about this and other forms of massage, please give us a call.

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4 Common Massage Techniques

Massage techniques and modalities continue to evolve.  Here are 4 of the most popular types of massage sought by clients, including: sport massage, Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage and pregnancy.

Below are 4 common massage techniques:

Sport Massage
Sport massage is designed to help you train better, whether you’re a world champion or a weekend warrior. The techniques are similar to those in Swedish and deep tissue massage, but Greene says sports massage has been adapted to meet the athlete’s special needs. Pre-event massage can help warm up muscles and improve circulation before competition, but it can also energize or relax an athlete and help him focus on the competition. Post-event massage can push waste products out of the body and improve recovery. Source: Care2

Swedish Massage Therapy
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. It is also known as Swedish massage or simply massages therapy.
Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.
Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing.
If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first. Source: Altmedicine.about.com

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin. Source: MassageEnvy

Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy massage techniques are specialized due to the nature of pregnancy. The areas that are covered are primarily the back and buttocks, legs and feet. For the back and buttocks, the masseuse will use a soft fist and will draw their knuckles from the neck down to the hips and will then run the fist back upward to the ribs. The masseuse will also apply pressure just below the base of the spine between the buttocks using the palm of their hand. Legs and feet will be rubbed softly. These techniques will relax the muscles and increase the blood circulation. Source: Slideshare.net

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Massage Therapy for Health Purposes: 3 Things You Might Not Know

Studies continue to prove the physical and emotional benefits of massage therapy session. As the number of proven health benefits grows these turn massage as envy for a more balanced lifestyle.

Below are 3 things you might not know about massage therapy for health purposes:

Mental Health

  • A 2010 of 17 clinical trials concluded that massage therapy may help to reduce depression.
  • Brief, twice-weekly and massage sessions for 12 weeks were associated with a decrease in depression, anxiety, and back and leg pain in pregnant women suffering from depression, a 2012 NCCAM-funded randomized controlled trial showed. Also, the women’s babies weighed more than babies born to women who didn’t receive the therapy.
  • However, a 2013 research review concluded that there is not enough evidence to determine if massage helps pregnant mothers with depression.
  • A 2010 review concluded that massage may help older people relax.
  • For generalized anxiety disorder, massage therapy was no better at reducing symptoms than providing a relaxing environment and deep breathing lessons, according to a small, 2010 NCCAM-supported clinical trial. Source: linkedin

 

Cancer
Numerous systematic reviews and clinical studies have suggested that at least for the short term, massage therapy for cancer patients may reduce pain, promote relaxation, and boost mood. However, the National Cancer Institute urges massage therapists to take specific precautions with cancer patients and avoid massaging:

  • Open wounds, bruises, or areas with skin breakdown
  • Directly over the tumor site
  • Areas with a blood clot in a vein
  • Sensitive areas following radiation therapy. Source: ElementsMassage

 

Pain

  • A 2008 systematic review and 2011 NCCIH-funded clinical trial concluded that massage may be useful for chronic low-back pain.
  • Massage may help with chronic neck pain, a 2009 NCCIH-funded clinical trial reported.
  • Massage may help with pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee, according to a 2012 NCCIH-funded study.
  • Studies suggest that for women in labor, massage provided some pain relief and increased their satisfaction with other forms of pain relief, but the evidence is not strong, a 2012 review concluded. Source: Nccih.nih.gov

 

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Prenatal Massage: 3 Benefits for You and Your Baby

Prenatal massage eases many discomforts of pregnancy and increases the likelihood of shorter less painful labor, and healthier babies. In this short post we’ll discuss some benefits of prenatal massage for you and your baby, including: assist in maintaining good posture, reduce swelling of joints and relieve head ache and muscle pain.

Assist in Maintaining Good Posture
Assists in maintaining good posture and adjusting to a changing alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight. Massage increases muscle tone and flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms. Source: MassageMag

Reduce Swelling of the Joints
Edema, or swelling of the joints during pregnancy, is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints. This also improves the removal of tissue waste carried by the body’s lymph system. Source: AmericanPregnancy

Relieve Headache and Muscle Tension
Headaches can be relieved by massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders. In addition, maintaining optimal levels of stress relief through massage reduces the chances of migraines or tension headaches by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms.

Muscle tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste. Source: MassageEnvy

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3 Ways Athletes Can Benefit from Massage Therapy

There are different types of massage which are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Here are 3 ways athletes can benefit from massage therapy, such as: increase relaxation, increase flexibility and promotes better sleep patterns.

Increase Relaxation
Many athletes are used to living a life of constant movement and activity. This means athletes often have a difficult time relaxing, leaving stress at the forefront of their day-to-day lives. Without sufficient downtime to relax from stress, athletes’ performance and overall health can suffer. Massage therapy helps to calm the mind and body. It also promotes healthy sleep patterns, allowing athletes a deep and restful sleep to recuperate and rest for their highest level of performance yet. Source: MassageHeights

Increases Flexibility
A common perception held by athletes and coaches is that adequate flexibility will decrease the risk of injury and enhance performance. While these claims may be debatable (and beyond the scope of this paper), massage has been investigated as a strategy to increase range of motion.

While it appears that some athletes may experience improvements in hamstring flexibility after one massage, these changes appear to be transient. If a short term goal is to increase an athlete’s flexibility, more efficient methods may exist (especially in the absence of an adequately staffed sports medicine team). Future research should investigate which athletes are ideal candidates for massage intervention, how long each massage intervention should be performed, and what duration is necessary to establish permanent flexibility changes. Source: NCBI

Promotes Better Sleep Patterns
Massage therapy promotes better sleep patterns. By getting regular massages, an athlete can actually improve the quantity and quality of sleep he is getting. By getting more sound sleep, the athlete is better able to perform at an optimal level. Source: SpeedEndurance

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