The Benefits of Massage

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Massage is a holistic approach to overall well being in which the entire body and mind benefit.

Not only can a good massage help you unwind, but it can reduce stress, anxiety, pain, muscle tension and soreness. Over time with regular treatment, massage can add longevity to your life. It is quite known that ‘feeling better’ after a massage means that certain benefits can be immediate.

Emotional benefits of massage

On an emotional level, many people enjoy massage for the caring, comforting sense of empowerment that they gain as a result. Massage is also helpful in relieving headaches, joint pain and strains and injuries.

Massage is known to increase circulation, improve sleep and boost immunity. It is true that massage can raise your white blood cell count which plays a significant role in defending the body from disease.

Desk workers need massage

Most people who sit at a desk for prolonged periods of time experience postural stress. This stress tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck. For those with more advanced postural stress, pain or weakness in the lower back and gluteals can create a lot of pain and discomfort. Fortunately, massage can counteract the physical imbalances caused by sitting and restore balance to the body.

Massage soothes depression

Quite simply, the human touch in a safe and nurturing environment can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing. When happiness increases, depression is relieved.

Much more than a feel-good way to pamper yourself, massage can help you take charge of your health and well-being whether you have specific ailments or just want to relieve stress.

What to Expect from a Massage Session

Shirodara massage

Whether you are a patron of massage or this is your first experience, there are certain factors to consider before your appointment.

Trust in a relaxed environment

As an independent practitioner, I get quite a few requests to attend clients in the privacy of their homes. Initially, we discuss areas of concern or discomfort, pain levels, what makes the pain worse, any medical conditions and goals with the time allotted. I ask questions related to health history and any medications being taken to determine if the appropriate technique.  

Before your massage

Make sure to schedule your massage at a time that works best for you. Drink plenty of water the day before and the morning of your massage. It is important not to eat before your appointment. If you are feeling ill, have a sunburn or are experiencing any sort of skin condition it is best to re-schedule.

During your massage

Depending on the type of treatment you receive (Shirodara, Thai or deep tissue, Swedish) you will lie on a massage table covered with a soft sheet or towel. Temperature is an important factor so that you are not too hot or too cold. I always play soothing, relaxing music but if you have a preference, please let me know in advance. Your session will always begin with deep breathing to ease you into a state of calm. Throughout your session, the breath is important in easing tight muscles. You may fall asleep or enter a dreamlike state of semi-unconsciousness. It is a good idea to let me know if the massage pressure is too light or deep or if certain areas of the body require extra attention.

After your massage

At the conclusion of your massage, I will quietly leave the room allowing enough time for you to dress in private and become grounded. Then, a nice glass of cool water will help to flush waste products from the body released during your massage. Quiet time is recommended as opposed to going back to work. How you feel depends upon the style of massage, length of the session and what you do for the rest of the day or evening. You may feel calm and relaxed, invigorated and renewed or even excited and inspired. Some even come to terms with a true level of fatigue in their body and simply need to rest. Deep tissue massage in particular tends to relieve the body of chronic tightness and pain but may replace these issues with a mild soreness from the pressure applied. In this case, rest is your best bet before becoming active again.

Massage tends to build on itself making results cumulative. In short, the more frequently you receive massage, the better you will feel.