Therapeutic massage relieves muscle tension and promotes a feeling of well-being, calm and relaxation.
A single treatment may improve skin tone and colour, relieve soreness and stiffness in the joints and muscles, and increase energy by invigorating all body systems and reducing fatigue.
In the long-term, massage will improve skin elasticity and muscle suppleness, boost immunity, lower blood pressure, relieve insomnia, and enable sustained relaxation of body and mind. This kind of massage can also help reduce side effects from medication and helps to promote relaxation and wellbeing.
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm.
This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of well-being. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and nor-epinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Massage is especially effective in breaking compensatory pain postures and patterns. For example, a tension headache is often self-sustaining because the pain makes the person clench the affected muscles even harder, which, in turn, creates more pain. A thorough neck and shoulder massage can reduce muscle tension and break the pain cycle.