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The Benefits of Therapeutic Massage and Hot Stone Therapy
actions, and everyday stresses can lead to tension and pain in our bodies,
restricting both our movements and activities. Massage is both a gentle and
effective therapy for relieving discomfort and getting our lives back to
Massage is often
thought of as a luxury and a “special treat” reserved for elite spas. In
actuality, therapeutic massage keeps healthy bodies strong and flexible and
aids compromised bodies in regaining ease of movement. Overall, it
decreases muscle tension, increases circulation, and calms the nervous
system. The result is a cascade of physical and mental benefits that can
help alleviate a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Stress = Relieving
stress gives you more energy, improves your outlook and has even been
shown to reduce the likelihood of injury and illness.
- Tight and painful
muscles = Massage works gently on the nervous system, sending messages to
muscles throughout the body to let go and relax.
soreness = Vigorous exercise can release waste products in the body as
well as cause microscopic muscle tears. Massage helps cleanse tissues of
irritating waste and brings in oxygen to speed recovery.
- Injuries = Massage
helps reduce swelling and inflammation by helping to remove wastes and by
carrying healing nutrition to injured cells.
- Secondary pain =
Massage can relieve secondary pain such as headaches from eyestrain and
backaches during pregnancy.
- Fluid retention =
Massage increases circulation and helps drain tissues of excess fluid
Healing Arts Center
offers Swedish Massage, which is a gentle massage aimed at relaxation
and stress reduction, as well as deep tissue massage for those wanting
a more intense approach to muscle work. Prenatal massage and infant
massage are also offered. Massage can become a lifetime ally in
maintaining your ongoing good health.
Hot Stone Therapy
is a luxurious and highly effective treatment that is also available,
utilizing warmed, smooth basalt stones placed on trigger areas of
the back and front torso, hands, and feet. The therapist also uses
small warmed stones in the palm of her hand during the massage,
targeting specific areas rich with nerve endings to "sedate"
the nervous system, producing the ultimate calming effect. Circulation
is enhanced to all tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints, which
in turn helps detoxify the body and tone the skin. The gentle heat
also stimulates the nerve impulses on the skin's surface, which
are instrumental in stimulating the immune system, decreasing stress
and pain, invigorating circulation and digestion, and inducing deep
To learn more about
massage therapy, visit http://www.amtamassage.org
or schedule a free half-hour consult with Dr. Kimberling or one
of our qualified massage therapists.