Massage is an intuitive healing art that has been around for millennia, passed down through cultures from around the world. Massage therapy is based on our instinct to touch areas that hurt. We hug our children when they hurt and we hold our infants when they cry. We rub our stomachs when they ache and we press into areas of pain. Each of us has an innate gravitation to reach out and touch that which is hurting. Massage therapy is a field that takes this basic principle and evolves it into a potent healing art.
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues to enhance a person’s health and wellbeing. Massage helps to increase circulation and lymphatic flow, relieve pain and muscle tension, enhance immunity, promote nervous system function, reduce blood pressure, increase energy, and improve overall mood and wellness.
Massage therapy offers relief from arthritis, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, headaches, cancer treatment, cramps and muscle spasms, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, injury recovery, insomnia, TMJ, pregnancy and labor pains, stress, anxiety, and depression.
A truly gifted massage therapist goes beyond the manual manipulation of soft body tissues to work with the ‘whole’ of a person, recognizing the interconnectedness of the physical, emotional, and energetic aspects of a being. The holistic massage therapist does not limit his or her assessment to only the state of the physical body but takes into consideration other aspects of a person’s life that may impede the healing process, working to create space for all manner of healing. Holistic massage therapy allows the client to grow in relationship with their body and find a sense of empowerment through the process.
Relief from pain, improved physical functioning, greater freedom of movement, a balanced mind, and a heightened sense of body awareness, vitality, and wellbeing are all gifts received from massage therapy.