Therapeutic massage involves non-invasive, manual manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body as a way to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress. Massage improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems, and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness.
During a massage, therapists apply pressure to specific body points—structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving; tension, motion, or vibration—manually or with mechanical aids. Treatment may be directed to muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as to lymphatic vessels (organs of the gastrointestinal system), and massage can be administered with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearm, and feet.
In recent years, research has shown that massage provides multiple benefits to many health situations. For example, a single session can reduce anxiety stemming from a particular phase or situation in life, as well as reduce blood pressure and heart rate; multiple sessions can reduce the propensity for anxiety, and for depression and pain. Massage has also been shown to provide pain relief and to improve mood for patients in advanced stages of cancer.
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- High blood pressure
- Back Pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Muscle spasm
- Current cancer diagnosis or remission from cancer
- Deep tissue
- Healing touch
- Eden Energy Medicine