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Benefits of Massage Therapy

About Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a form of bodywork that is used to improve function within the body. By using their hands in a variety of different techniques, massage therapists manipulate the soft tissues in the body to promote relaxation and improved circulation. Massage therapy is also used to promote general health and wellbeing in the client, and to prevent future       medical issues.

What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?

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 wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels      of stress hormones impair the immune system.

Some of the physical benefits of Massage include:

• reduced muscle tension

• improved circulation

• stimulation of the lymphatic system

• reduction of stress hormones

• increased joint mobility and flexibility

• improved skin tone

• speedier healing of soft tissue injuries

• heightened mental alertness

• reduced anxiety and depression.

 

Hot Towel Massage

The use of hot, moist towels in massage therapy, also known as hydro thermal therapy, can help tight muscles to relax, soothes irritated nerve endings and increases circulation. Therapists can achieve more results during a limited treatment session period by applying hot, moist towels to one area of the client’s body while manually massaging other areas, then switching as needed.

Hot towels can be used in areas that would be unable to tolerate the pressure and friction common to manual massage, and the use of moist heat is recommended by the Arthritis Foundation to help to relax muscles and increase circulation in areas made tender by that condition.

Cupping

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, including: Glass, Bamboo and Earthenware.

Supporters of cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.

Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, The Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

Benefits of Cupping Therapy

The British Cupping Society says Cupping Therapy can treat a variety of conditions, although this has not been backed up by studies.

Cupping Therapy is used to treat:

• Blood disorders such as anemia and haemophilia

• Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia

• Fertility and gynecological disorders

• Skin problems such as eczema and acne

• High blood pressure (hypertension)

• Migraine

• Anxiety and depression

• Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma

• Varicose veins

Supporters also believe that cupping therapy can reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body, promote mental and physical relaxation, and general well-being.