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The origins of massage therapy date back as far as 4000 years old in Chinese medical texts.  It is known as one of the oldest healthcare practices in history. The western world adopted massage therapy through the teachings of Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine”.  In history, massage was used by physicians as a method of pain relief for physical ailments.  Today, this bodywork has been adopted as a form of relaxation and stress relief, as well.  Proven to be effective in treating anxiety and mild depression, massage therapy improves your mind/body connection promoting mental health.  Massage is a method of alternative healing approaching healthcare in a holistic way.

 

Massage therapy is the soft tissue manipulation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Among other benefits, it stimulates the body’s natural healing process by improving blood circulation while relaxing the muscles. Furthermore, by using specific techniques, a licensed massage therapist can treat an injury by working on a specific muscle group thus decreasing pain and inflammation.  There are various types of bodyworks and/or modalities.  For more on the different types of massages and modalities, see our Services and Alternative Therapies sections.

2.- Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has benefits that incorporate wellness in your life.  Benefits include,
but not limited to:

  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Increase blood circulation thus preventing high blood pressure
  • Release endorphins
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion in joints
  • Promotes rapid recovery to injuries (work, trauma, sports, etc…)
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Improves mental clarity and alertness
  • Prevents atrophy or weakness of the muscles
  • Aids relaxation and breathing
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Deepens mind-body connection
  • Creates body awareness
  • Awakens self awareness
  • Emotional benefits
  • Enhances peace of mind

3.- More information on Alternative Therapies

Chakras Balancing

The Chakras are described as the entry gates of the aura.  The word chakra is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or disc.  There are seven primary or main chakras located in the central line or midline of the body starting from the base of the spine to the base of the head.  These centers are believed to be spiritual and energy points within the human body receiving and expressing the life force energy. Each chakra is strongly related to a specific part of the body, emotion and spiritual concern.  Any blockage or unbalance to these centers may cause health concerns starting from an emotional or spiritual manifesting into a physical ailment.

Reiki

Reiki is a technique for relaxation that promotes healing.  The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words- Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or Higher Power” and Ki which means “life force energy”.  While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion.  Reiki is based on the idea that ki, life force energy, flows through us sustaining our physical and mental bodies. The Reiki method is administered by “laying the hands” a few inches above the physical body to transmit this life energy force from practitioner to client.  Low energy is linked to feelings of stress, sadness, illness, etc… Reiki treats the whole body creating many beneficial effects including stress reduction, feelings of peace and well-being.  It has been effective in helping every known illness in conjunction with other medical and therapeutic techniques.  In order for Reiki’s healing energies to have results, the client must be consciously and actively aware of his or her healing process. 

Qi Shiatsu

Qi Shiastu is a massage technique based on the traditional oriental philosophy that Qi or life force energy is present in our bodies and continuously nurturing our minds, cells, tissues, muscles and internal organs.  Qi, or energy, nourishes the whole body through specific pathways or meridians,as they are referred to in oriental medicine, forming an interconnection of muscles, bones, skin and organs in a unified body.   Any type of dis-ease is a sign that the energy within the meridians is out of balance.  Along the meridians, they are highly charged energy points, pressure points in English or tsubo in Japanese, which is where the Qi is most affected.  The theory of shiatsu is to stimulate the different tsubos to correct the energy imbalance.  The points are worked on directly by pressure, stretching, rubbing, and corrective exercises, until proper energy flow is restored


 
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