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BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

Massage is one of the oldest healing methods known and is a natural and instinctive method of relieving pain and discomfort.

Massage can greatly enhance the healing process. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, believed all physicians should be trained in massage as a healing method. Some of the recognized benefits of massage and the body systems it influences are summarized below.

Massage has been known in one form or other for 5,000 years. While people over the ages have instinctively appreciated the benefits of massage, it’s only been in recent years that the benefits have been articulated through scientific study. While many groups have researched the benefits of massage therapy, one of the best known is the Touch Research Institute in Miami, Florida. To learn more about the science behind touch therapies, go to this link: click here
(The Touch Research Institute is not affiliated nor does it endorse Ki Massage Therapy.)

Relaxation

Everyone’s body is different and everyone experiences different results from massage. Below are some benefits that our experience and training have shown many people enjoy with regular massage therapy. If you have specific health goals, or have an injury or illness, you should first check with your doctor before making a massage appointment. Please also discuss you health goals and any injuries or illnesses with your massage therapist before beginning each massage session.

Massage…
Relaxes muscles and helps ease the mind.
Creates better body awareness, so that areas of muscle tension can become a focus of daily relaxation.
Boosts energy levels and renews ambition.
Reduces mental strain, resulting in increased productivity.

Muscles

Massage…
Tones the muscles and increases elasticity.
Relaxes muscles spasms and relieves general body tension.
Speeds the removal of lactic acid and other harmful chemical waste products resulting from strenuous exercise.
Hastens recovery from hard athletic activity 3-4 times faster than rest alone.
Breaks down and prevents the formation of adhesions, reducing the danger of fibrosis.
Disperses the edema following injury to ligaments or tendons.
Lessens muscles pain and helps facilitate movement.
Can help compensate for lack of exercise or muscle contraction in persons forced to remain inactive due to illness, age or injury.

Circulation, Nutrition, Elimination

Massage…
Dilates the blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure.
Helps blood return to the heart, easing the strain on this organ.
Promotes blood circulation, thus increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to organs throughout the body.
Pumps and drains the lymphatic fluids, thus hastening the elimination of metabolic wastes and toxic debris; acts as a mechanical cleaner.
Promotes the excretion of waste fluids, solids and inorganic minerals and salts.

Nerves

Massage…
Can have a sedative effect when performed slowly and methodically.
Can have an exhaustive effect when performed vigorously.
Can have a stimulating effect when performed briskly and briefly.
Helps relieve insomnia.
Increases overall energy level.

Skin

Massage…
Can increase blood circulation to the skin.
Tones the skin, making it softer, more supple and of finer texture.
Helps keep the facial muscle toned and aids in the prevention of premature lines and wrinkles.
Helps unclog pores.

Respiration

Massage…
Encourages deeper breathing, thus allowing more life-giving oxygen to enter the blood stream.
Aids in the relief of many respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis.