Sink into a world of calm, deep in your own thoughts, allowing yourself to enjoy the warmth of the oil as it spreads over your body. The therapist presses gently, deep into your tired muscles – feel those knots of tension melt effortlessly in their hands. Allow the tranquillity in the air and the gentle music to bring your body to a complete state of relaxation. By focusing on your breathing you become more aware of your body and your heart rate begins to drop.
These are just some of the many healing benefits of massage. Many patients express entering a deeper sense of calm during their treatment and being able to let go of any worries or concerns racing through their mind.
Regular massage can have significant health improvements including:
Massage as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. Touching is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and for conveying compassion and support. Think of the last time you bumped your head or had a sore calf. What did you do? Rubbed it, right? The same was true of our earliest ancestors. Healers throughout time and throughout the world have instinctually and independently developed a wide range of therapeutic techniques using touch. Many are still in use today, and with good reason. We now have scientific proof of the benefits of massage – benefits ranging from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles.
Having a massage does more than just relax your body and mind – there are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when massage is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy and not simply mere luxury. Massage not only feels good, but it can cure what ails you.
Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. Massage and bodywork is there to combat that frightening number by helping us remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.
Massage is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.
As a society, we are touch deprived and this can lead to disease or emotional dysfunction. From the cradle to the nursing home, tactile stimulation and the emotional assurance of caring touch bring about a sense of well-being and security.
If you have not yet experienced the true healing powers of massage, contact Marc to arrange your first consultation and treatment.
Written by Marc Dinardo
Diploma in Swedish Massage
REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer
ASA Level 2 Swim Instructor