Massage Benefits

Although massage is beneficial for stress reduction and general relaxation, it is also used by many healthcare practitioners in conjunction with other forms of therapy.

Acupuncture physicians, chiropractors, dentists, osteopathic physicians, physical therapists, psychologists, and medical doctors utilize massage in their treatment plans.

Massage:

*Encourages the muscles to relax and lengthen, relieving tightness, tension, and toxins
*Improves circulation of the blood flow from extremities back to the heart carrying nutrients and oxygen to organs and muscles
*Encourages the release of endorphins that reduce pain and produce a feeling of well-being and calm
*Strengthens the immune system
*Decreases blood pressure
*Decreases muscle spasm
*Improves breathing patterns
*Increases healthy functioning skin
*Improves muscle tone
*Improves appearance
*Reduces stress and tension

Many people seek therapeutic massage as a natural means to promote healthy body functioning, and to enhance the body's own restorative powers. As with any new experience, you probably have many questions about what to expect in your first massage session.

One of the first things your massage therapist will want to know is why you are getting a message. An experienced massage therapist will plan the session to address your needs. The most common reasons are:

*General Relaxation
*Revitalization
* Relieve Sore or Tight Muscles
* Relieve Tension
* Headaches
* Recovery from Sports Activity
*General Health and Fitness
*Improve Circulation
* Complement Other Health Care