Massage is a therapy which can bring pain relief, rehabilitation, relaxation, or physical or mental rejuvenation. Massage provides many physiological and psychological benefits.

On a physiological level, massage increases circulation to all areas of the body, primarily to the muscles that are directly manipulated. Better circulation translates to more oxygen and nutrients for body tissues. Therapeutic massage and relieves muscle spasms; prevents muscle tears; sprains and strains; increases flexibility and enhances athletic performance. In addition, massage directly or indirectly affects every system of the body and promotes health, prevents illness and injury, and speeds recovery.

Massage therapy eases tension and helps people cope with stress more effectively. It slows racing thoughts and worries, helps people to reconnect with their body, and brings attention to the mental and physical needs of their bodies so that they may better take care of themselves. It promotes a sense of wholeness and helps enhance one’s self-image, while keeping energy levels high. Massage therapy can be effective in preventing illness and other physical ailments if received on a regular basis.

Other benefits of massage therapy and bodywork are to:

Strengthen the immune system
Prevent disease
Reduce blood pressure and stress
Increase circulation
Relieve pain and stiffness in athletes
Increase mobility and speed the healing process for
those recovering from surgery or injury

Gain a sense of wholeness and balance within the body
Aid people with paralysis (such as stroke victims)
Provide relief to those suffering from chronic back pain
Ease women through their pregnancy
(see Hydrotherm Massage and Maternity Massage)