The Manos Clinics
4 Warwick Place
FREE PRIVATE ONSITE PARKING
with Sarah Morriss
ABOUT THE TREATMENT
Massage therapy is the assessment and manipulation of soft tissues and joints of the body to effect a therapeutic response in the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction. It can be preventative or restorative, helping to maintain, rehabilitate, augment physical function or relieve pain.
Massage therapy has firmly established its role as a clinically-oriented health option used to relieve a variety of discomforts because it achieves undeniable results. Massage can help alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.
If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning. The therapeutic process is a partnership between client and therapist, working together towards common and realistic goals.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage therapy has a wide range of benefits, including:
Relaxation/Stress Reduction – Massage therapy has been shown to decrease the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body. This allows the body to recover faster and allows for a healthier overall immune system.
Lower Blood Pressure – Long-term studies have shown that engaging in a routine massage therapy program can lower blood pressure.
Muscle Relaxation – One of the main purposes of massage therapy is to reduce muscle tension. By relaxing the muscles, the body is more flexible, and circulation is improved. With improved blood circulation, affected muscles receive added nutrients and oxygen to promote healing, reduce stiffness, and reduce swelling. Additionally, endorphins (“feel good” hormones) are released which boosts the body’s serotonin levels and eases anxiety and depression.
Posture Improvement – When muscles are tense, they contract. This contraction can pull on various parts of the body, resulting in poor posture. For example, if the pectoral muscles are incredibly tense, this can result in rounded shoulders. Reducing the tension in the pectorals can alleviate the stress placed on the shoulders and upper back leading to less overall pain.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GO?
Some people believe that one treatment is enough. However, massage therapy is most beneficial in acute conditions when used over a series of treatments and then followed up with maintenance or preventive treatments.Through mutual discussion, your massage therapist can help you establish a program which fits your physical needs and lifestyle.