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Benefits

Physiological benefits

 

  • Stimulate blood circulation and assist the lymphatic system, improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.

  • Relieves accumulated tension and restores flexibility to tight, sore muscles and improves muscle tone.

  • Stimulates or calms nervous system depending on what is required by the client.

  • Improves posture by enhancing one's own awareness of the body.

  • Slows and regulates respiration, promoting deeper and easier breathing.

  • Increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissues.

  • Relieves cramps and muscle spasms and reduces pain and swelling.

  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments.

  • Stretches connective tissue and increases tissue metabolism.

  • Increases joint mobility and range of motion.

  • Lowers blood pressure and reduces heart rate.

  • Increases red blood cell count.

  • Stimulates immune system and strengthens resistance to disease.

  • Improves skin tone by removing dead cells and improving circulation.

  • Improves flow of nutrients to soft tissues and joints.

 

 

 

Psychological benefits

  • Reduces mental stress and promotes better sleep.

  • Fosters peace of mind.

  • Provides a relaxed state of mental alertness.

  • Improves concentration.

  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity.

 

 

Emotional benefits

  • Reduces anxiety.

  • Generates confidence and feelings of well being.

  • Enhances self-image and self-worth.

  • Increases awareness of mind-body connection.

After the Massage

If you have never received a massage before or if it has been more than a month since your last massage, you could experience "after effects" of the massage. These "after effects" are perfectly normal and should only last 12-18 hours. 

You might call this a healing crisis. The healing crises is the result of massage making all body systems function more efficiently, speeding up waste removal and the elimination of toxins. Massage can also help rid an individual of negative deep-held emotions.

With regular treatments and as the body starts to heal and rebalance, these symptoms will subside.

Some of the typical contra-actions or "after effects" could include the following:

 

  • Tiredness due to release of toxins encouraged by the treatment and the initiation of healing energies which require the body to rest.

  • Active bowels. All body systems will work better, including digestive.

  • Changed sleep patterns. (Probably deeper, less restless sleep)

  • Frequent urination due to the stimulation of the lymphatic system.

  • Heightened emotional state due to the positive release of deep-held feelings and emotions.

  • Muscular ache and/or headache due to the nerve fibers responding to the deep work that has taken place.

 

After Care

  • Drink plenty of water. Drink at least 64 ounces of water immediately following massage. Of course, it is a good idea to drink 64 ounces of water every day to help maximize the elimination of toxins.

  • Avoid alcohol or any other stimulants for at least 12 hours after the treatment. These will dehydrate you.

  • Rest after the treatment. Allow your body to heal and settle.

  • Only eat a light meal following treatment.

  • If instructed following the massage session:

    • Gentle stretching

    • Hot/cold treatment

    • Hot shower or bath

    • Epsom Salt bath