BENEFITS

Improve your overall health with Massage and Fascial Stretch Therapy

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IMPROVE OVERALL HEALTH

Massage and fascial stretch therapy promote health by boosting your body’s natural processes - what Hippocrates defined as the body’s power to recuperate. For athletes, regular massage is an invaluable tool to shorten recovery time between workouts, relieve fatigue, and stay injury-free so you can stick to your goals.

For the whole body to be healthy, the sum of its parts – the cells -must be healthy. Pressure and movement used in massage can dramatically increase the rate of blood flow, supplying nutrients and oxygen and carrying away wastes and toxins. Massage can be beneficial for the entire body due to its effect on circulation alone.

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STRESS RELIEF

Researchers have estimated that stress causes 80% of disease in the Western world, including headaches/migraines, digestive disorders, high blood pressure and heart-related diseases, as well as muscle pain. Massage and fascial stretch therapy can counteract the effects of stress by calming the nervous system and lowering blood pressure.

The biochemical effects of massage include the increased release of dopamine and serotonin (mood-enhancing chemicals) and pain relieving levels of endorphins. Massage also reduces the level of stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, as well as the stress hormone ACTH.

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IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH AND INJURY PREVENTION

Your body’s immune system helps you fight off illness and helps you recover from injuries. When you are under stress, your immune system may not function at its best. Research has shown that massage and fascial stretch therapy can increase your immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of “killer cells”) and decrease the number of T-cells. The result is an immune system that is working better. Massage doesn’t cure ailments, but can definitely prevent them.

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RECOVER FROM INJURIES

Massage can bridge the gap between neglecting an injury and major medical intervention. In the case of a sprain or strain, massage can stimulate healing of injured muscles, tendons and ligaments, allowing you to return to normal activities more quickly. If an injury is ignored, it can become more serious, adding time to the healing process and preventing you from doing your normal activities and workout.

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INCREASE FLEXIBILITY AND IMPROVE POSTURE

Massage can help loosen contracted, shortened muscles and can stimulate weak, flaccid muscles. This muscle “balancing” can help posture and promote more efficient movement. Pressure in massage also provides a gentle stretching action to both the muscles and connective tissues that surround and support the muscles, which helps keep these tissues elastic..

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REDUCE LOW BACK PAIN

Recent research on the benefits of massage for some types of back pain has shown that massage is effective in both relieving chronic low-back pain and for controlling some back pain.

A study in 2000 at the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario showed that patients with sub-acute low-back pain (from bending or lifting injuries, work-related mild strains and sports injuries) were shown to benefit from massage therapy. After six sessions, they had less intense pain, a decrease in the quality of pain, and improved function. In a one-month follow-up, 63% of the massage subjects reported no pain. For text of the complete study, go to www.cmaj.ca.

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LOOSEN JOINTS

Joints are critical to exercise because joints are moved by the muscles which creates body movement. A sluggish, numbed feeling in the joints discourages exercise. Massage can counteract this by using moderate to deep massage strokes and passive movements to release muscle tension and free the connective tissue that can bind joints.

LOCATION

HOURS

Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday: Available by special request
Sunday: Closed

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