Massage Therapy, Healing Through Manual Movement
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. It is a multifaceted modality that works with the muscular, skeletal, nervous, respiratory and lymphatic systems either directly or indirectly. There are a variety of massage techniques that can be applied to promote relaxation, aid in tissue recovery, improve range of motion in the joints, and improve and increase flexibility and muscle function.
Our bodies are designed for movement. Movement is a natural state and meant to feel good. It is only when a dysfunction occurs through injury, illness, overuse or underuse that a movement becomes painful. It is then that massage therapy is helpful to return to easy pain free movements.
A massage can range from a full body relaxation experience, to reduce anxiety and promote deeper breaths; oxygenating the brain, body systems and muscles, to a treatment specific to healing an injury. An injury therapy session would involve deeper techniques designed to break up adhesions and realign the muscle fibres allowing for improved circulation, reduced pain and a quicker recovery. This application of massage is helpful for sprains, strains, contusions, and chronic patterns of dysfunction caused by any variety of activities of daily living from sports to work related injuries.