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Health Benefits of Massage

Massage provides very tangible physical benefits. It is deeply stress-relieving and gives people a sense of "True Relaxation." The benefits are many to many different people. But in every case, the therapeutic benefits of a massage are valuable, meaningful, relaxing and even curative! Massage is a manual therapy that manipulates the soft tissues and decreases muscle tension, pain, stress and depression.

The simple act of placing the hands on the body can itself encourage a person to thrive. Many studies have illustrated that without physical touch; babies (human or animal) will not thrive and may not even survive. Touch also has a positive effect on caregivers. For example, mothers who regularly have a great deal of physical closeness with their babies experience postpartum depression to a far lesser degree, and elderly caregivers feel a decrease in stress, anxiety and depression when they touch and are touched.

Massage therapy offers an avenue for balancing the stress of everyday life. Our bodies reflect our inner state of mind. So if someone feels overwhelmed and taxed, the muscles may be tense, sore, or stiff. Likewise, the physical state affects the mental state. Being in discomfort or pain, makes a person, prone to more negative thought patterns, and anxiety.

Acupressure massage therapy is a form which involves pressing particular points in the body which affect different organs of the body. Several different kinds of acupressure are currently practiced, although the same ancient trigger points are used in all of them. Varying rhythms, pressures, and techniques create different styles of acupressure, just as different forms of music use the same notes but combine them in distinctive ways.

Massage therapy, if properly done:

• Increases circulation;
• Enhances the immune system;
• Promotes nervous system functioning;
• Reduces blood pressure;
• Relieves pain and muscle tension;
• Improves mood, intellectual reasoning and job performance;
• Positive effect on conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes and migraine headaches.

Depending on the technique used, massage therapy can also:

• Stimulate the nervous system to help reduce muscle atrophy;
• Increase muscle tone;
• Stimulate the functions of the skin or an organ deep inside the body;
• Sedate the nervous system to help ease muscle tension, spasticity, stress-related symptoms and headaches;
• Boost the functioning of the immune system and maintains health when done regularly;
• Stimulate sluggish circulation or slow down the circulation of someone who has just run a marathon when using friction massage techniques;
• Allow better range of motion and support the connective tissue and muscles in becoming strong and healthy when doing simple joint movements and joint stretching.

The health benefits are enormous, hence to infer it can easily be said the Massage Therapy not only helps treating body ache, stress and several other ailments, it is also the best way to be rejuvenated.

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5 Ways to Help Manage Lower Back Pain

Whatever the cause of lower back pain, there are a variety of ways to help manage the pain and discomfort. Low back pain is often caused by lifting something heavy, bending the wrong way, or by week core muscles. Here are a few options to do at home to ease the discomfort and pain. 

Ice or Heat


Clients often ask if they should use ice or heat to treat their injuries. The general rule of thumb is in the first 24-48 hours to use ice. Ice helps with inflammation and accelerates the healing process. Try to avoid using heat at this point, as heat can increase inflammation this close to the onset of the injury. After the first 48 hours, heat or a combination of heat and cold (contrast therapy) can be used to relax your sore muscles. When using ice, it's important not to use more than 20 minutes.

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Therapeutic Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage

Most people know about Swedish massage, deep tissue, or sports massage and the therapeutic effects they have on the body and mind. However, many people are not aware of another type of massage that has the power of releasing toxins from your body – manual lymphatic drainage.

Lymphatic drainage is a gentle form of massage, focusing mainly on the skin, which stimulates the body’s lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of your immune system, which removes bodily toxins and waste, and helps fight infection.  

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How Massage Can Help You Live a Healthy Life

Most people think of massage as something they get when they want to feel pampered or else something that helps reduce pain. However, not everyone realizes that scheduling regular massages can actually help you to live a healthier life. Here are just some ways that massage helps you stay well, or increases wellness.

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Tips on Managing Stress

How To Manage Stress

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It's not just the coaches and trainers helping athletes from the sidelines anymore, massage therapists are now joining the ranks. b2ap3_thumbnail_Healing_Kneads_Massage_and_Sports_Therapy_Lake_Mary.jpgAn increasing number of professional sports teams are adding a massage therapist to the payroll. What's the benefit to having a trained masseuse on hand to treat an athlete? Here's a quick look at a few reasons.

Improved recovery time

Sports are physical, there's no way around it. At some point during an athlete's career, they're going to be injured. From pulled muscles to broken bones, any injury can take a player away from the game. A massage therapist can ease the strained throwing arm of a pitcher or improve blood flow in the shoulders of a linebacker. Studies show these kinds of treatments can improve recovery time and get the athlete back to the field faster.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Massage_Therapy_to_Relieve_Chronic_Pain.jpgThere's a variety of ways to battle chronic pain. While modern science tends to encourage people to take pills, there are more natural ways to manage pain. In some cases, people incorporate natural pain relief methods with traditional medicine. The trick to pain management is finding a recipe that works for you. If you're interested in learning about natural ways to handle pain, check out these three methods below:

Meditation

By quieting the mind and body, studies show meditation can offer patients a way to control pain. Mindfulness meditation, where a person focuses on feelings and sensations, can help decrease stress and pain. There are differing schools of thought on the proper ways to meditate, but if you're interested you can research and find the one that is right for you.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Deep_Tissue_Massage_Therapy_Lake_Mary.jpgAncient Greeks and Egyptians were the first to discover the healing power of massage. By the late 1800s, the concept was adopted in Canada and in the United States. Deep tissue massage was used for decades throughout both countries, but solid guidelines and procedures weren't established until the mid 1900s.

A Canadian doctor, Therese Phimmer, is credited with establishing deep tissue massage. Her book, Muscles-Your Invisible Bonds, became the cornerstone of the treatment and served as a how-to manual for many of the first massage therapists. Phimmer says she used a daily regimen of deep tissue massages to cure paralysis in her legs. Her personal experience and detailed book gave her the momentum needed to open her own clinic in 1949.

Phimmer encouraged slow, long strokes to work stress out of the body. Gentle but firm pressure is applied to problems areas or knotted muscles. This kind of massage is designed to reach deeper than a Swedish massage. A massage therapist may use their thumbs, fists or elbows to apply pressure and unlock tension trapped deep beneath the skin's surface.

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Healing Kneads Massage Therapy Lake Mary Florida Neck MassageSometimes there is nothing that can ease your stress and calm you down quite as easily as a neck massage.

The spine and the neck seems to be the area of the body where most of the stress and tension that you build up during the day decides to rest, so those are the areas of the body that need the most attention during a massage. While it’s nice to get a massage from someone close to you every now and then, you should actually try and get a professional massage from Healing Kneads Massage Therapy in Lake Mary, Florida to help you out from time to time.

A professional neck massage can do wonders for your stress levels and self-esteem because you will finally be able to relax and clear your head for once.

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