Monday, August 31, 2009
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including musculoskeletal pain patterns, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, anxiety, depression, and more.
And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.
: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or re-patterning to affect structural changes to the body.
: Meaning “of the body.” Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.At Well Within Natural Medicine, Inc., a variety of techniques are integrated to create the perfect combination just for You. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.
: Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies specifically exclude diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice acupuncture, orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, or any other profession or branch of medicine.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
What to Expect Where Will My Massage or Bodywork Session Take Place?
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
- Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow
- Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
- Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
- Preterm infants have improved weight gain. Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, private, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Who Will Perform the Massage or Bodywork?
Melanie Smith is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Florida and a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Must I Be Completely Undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.
Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet
Will I Be Covered During the Session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?
You and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female).
The Benefits Of Acupuncture, Energy Medicine and Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving regular bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
- Relieve migraine pain.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (therapeutic, rejuvenating, or pampering) or the reasons we seek it out (stress relief, pain management, or a luxurious treat), acupuncture, energy medicine and therapeutic massage can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, acupuncture, energy medicine and therapeutic massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.
This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation
- Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving these treatments. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting regular massage or acupuncture can do you a world of good. And getting frequent sessions can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage and acupuncture appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and call Well Within Natural Medicine, Inc., at (727) 522-6515 to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.