Honoring Couples in September is the result of our very popular Couples Massages, which created the expansion of our Massage Salon with the addition of a second massage room dedicated to Couples Massage.
If you’ve never had a couple’s massage, you’re missing out on one of the most relaxing and intimate spa services available.
I knew nothing about Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy (barefoot massage) until 18 years ago when my husband, a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist and my massage therapy business partner, became a Certified Ashiatsu Practitioner. Thanks to his first generation training with the creator and instructor of Oriental Bar Therapy, Ruthie Hardee, he has helped relieve or eliminate chronic low back pain for me and many clients through the years. Continue reading “Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy For Your Back Pain”
It’s all about you mom on Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day 2018 is rapidly approaching, a mere six weeks out, on the second Sunday in May (May 13). Don’t get caught with empty hands and forget Mom! Pamper her with the gift card of our ‘It’s All About You’ special, which includes a Relaxation Massage that will help her forget the worries and stress from the past year, followed by a European Facial to get mom ready for the next installment in life.
It has been more than 21 years since we established Amelia Massage Associates, Inc. Time has flown by and the journey has brought many changes, but our mission to serve the community and visitors by providing superior therapeutic massage and spa services remains the same. A short while ago we had the honor to participate in a new community event. The Amelia Massage staff volunteered for “Bug Duty” at the Third Annual “Buggies on the Beach Event”.
Yes, Mothers Day was in fact the inspiration for Fathers Day Gift Ideas and Celebrations. And other than the enormous commercialism of both of these national holidays, the inspiration was noble and worthy of consideration. Honoring our mothers and fathers is a life-long process because we can honor our parents, even after their deaths. According to History.com there are more than 70 million fathers in the United States, so it is natural that just as we honor our mothers, so should we honor our fathers.
In Honor of the shrimpers who put Fernandina Beach on the map more than a hundred years ago, the community and city organize the the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. On Thursday May 4th, the Fernandina Beach Pirate’s Parade kicks off the festival festivities with an exciting 100 plus entries in the Parade.
Honoring mothers is considered a noble lifelong pursuit, but have you ever wondered how and why honoring mothers evolved to a National Holiday?
In the United States Mother’s Day reportedly started as a way for mourning women to honor fallen soldiers. A“Mother’s Friendship Day” was organized in 1868 to allow mothers of Union and Confederate soldiers to get together.
The “founder” of Mother’s Day that turned into a National Holiday in the U.S., Anna Jarvis, vividly remembered heartfelt acts of motherly love and sacrifice upon her own mother’s death in 1905. During the next few years Anna pursued her goal to honor all mothers. In May 1908, after gaining financial backing from Philadelphia department store owner John Wanamaker, she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. At the same time thousands attended a Mother’s Day event at Wanamaker’s retail store in Philadelphia, (which ironically was proof that commercialism and mother’s day celebrations went hand-in-hand from Day One).
Seeing how successful the first two Mother’s Day celebrations had been, Jarvis started a massive letter writing campaign, arguing that American holidays were biased toward male achievements. She wrote to newspapers and prominent politicians, urging the adoption of a special day to honor motherhood. By 1912 many churches, towns and states had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday. Anna’s persistence paid off in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
Her vision of Mother’s Day had been of a day of personal celebration between mothers and families, which involved wearing a white carnation as a badge while visiting one’s mother or attending church services together. It was in those early days that Carnations were often sold for Mother’s Day to fund charities
Ironically, Anna Jarvis remained unmarried and childless her whole life, but by the time of her death in 1948, Jarvis had spent most of her personal wealth fighting the holiday she helped conceive. She apparently found the commercialization of the day deplorable and sued groups that used the “Mother’s Day” name to promote consumerism. She even lobbied the government to remove it from the U.S.’ official calendar. Unfortunately she never regained control over Mother’s Day in her lifelong struggle.
But today the Mother’s Day holiday is celebrated all over the world. Anna had first imagined, then proclaimed that a special day of formal recognition for motherhood should become a forever testimonial. She witnessed a special birth in May 1914 when the official U.S. holiday we celebrate today was born. Happy Mother’s Day.
PERSONAL NOTE: My mother knew at the age of twenty one that she could not have children. She was selfless and gave unconditional love to three children whom she chose for a lifetime, as well as several foster children. As adoptees, we were told our whole lives that we were “chosen” and that she knew that any biological children would not have been as special. You know, I think she was correct. We WERE special- because of her. Miss you, Mama. ❤️
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service. Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
We have always enjoyed Florida’s Hands On Continuing Education Protocol For Licensed Massage Therapists as a Good Thing.
Imagine one or more sets of professional massage therapists’ hands massaging your body at one time in the same session-a six hour session? Ahhhhh……Florida’s Continuing Education Protocol is a good thing! Lots of fun and an adventure into a world of learning and continuously perfecting our trade.
Every two years we are required to fulfill 24 credit hours of education in order to satisfy our Florida Massage Therapy License renewal (LMT). Twelve of the hours must be obtained in a live classroom setting which equates to a lot of fun and camaraderie with other therapists who practice in Florida. It’s always a special care-giving meeting with a group of anti-stress bodywork practitioners who enjoy learning, not just from the instructor, but also from each other. And the after-hours camaraderie is a great time to meet therapists of varying ages, walks of life, educational backgrounds, career paths, and experiences.
In January my spouse, Michael, and I chose Orlando, the home of Mickey and his Magic Kingdom, as the “learning site” for our bi-annual sessions. We enjoyed two days of instruction, followed by a day with Mickey. Part of our adventure was traveling in-and living in-our 20′ motor home.
Thank you, KOA Kissimmee! The hot tub was awesome, by the way. But the one thing we had not considered was how much SPACE a massage table can occupy in a 20′ x 8′ temporary home. It’s all about how you stack it. The good news? We, along with about 100 therapists, set up our massage table in the SPACIOUS conference room at the Caribe Royal Hotel; and left it in place for the two-day class. Thank you, Caribe Royal! We enjoyed your beautiful hotel and amenities and we look forward to another visit-minus the motor home!
Our teacher, Brendan Rogers, was laid back, very knowledgeable, and organized. As seasoned massage therapists, 15 years for me, 20 years for Michael, we were refreshed on standard techniques, learned new methods and also reviewed upper body anatomy and physiology. We had not utilized a few of the techniques in awhile, so it was a great opportunity to re-think and change it up with techniques to diversify and expand our clients’ experiences. Regularly scheduled clients (hint, hint…) who know that we have recently attended massage license renewal classes enjoy their own renewal, often asking “what did you learn?”
Many LMT’s and their clients will benefit from the CE Massage Institute’s ‘Advanced Massage Techniques for Shoulder and Neck Pain.’ The course was well received, especially since shoulder and neck complaints are high on the list of client issues that we bodyworkers treat daily. It’s a win-win. Come see us, the ‘We Do Necks’ therapists, so we can show you what we’ve learned. After we tell you the effects on the body from living in a 20′ x 8′ space, called Motor Home.
Yep, Florida’s Hands On Continuing Education protocol for Licensed Massage Therapists is a good thing!
Prepare Your Body For The Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance 2017.
If you are one of the thousands of vintage car enthusiasts planning to attend the March 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’ Elégance, get your motor-and your body-revved and ready for a day trip to Amelia Island, Florida, aka Paradise. A barrier island! The beach! Fresh local seafood! and a preventative MASSAGE!
This year’s event, the 22nd annual, honors The Cars of Brumos Racing and is hosted by the Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island. As in every year of the last two decades or so, it once again promises to be an exciting and memorable event. Dedicated organizers and volunteers make this huge charitable event come together, after months and months of preparation. And we locals enjoy our bragging rights: Amelia Island is one of only two Concours d’ Elégance locations in the country and it is among the top automotive events in the world.
Walking, walking, walking, March breezes, blue skies, green grass, yellow sun, salt air, walking, cars, cars, period fashion shows, more walking, more cars. What’s not to love? Your strained, aching, dehydrated, sunburned body. It doesn’t have to be this way. Preparation is the key.
After scheduling your pre and post event MASSAGES, consider these additional recommendations to keep you healthy, mobile and happy at the event.
Apply the highest SPF possible before you leave.
Since we tend to not reapply as much as we should, applying a high SPF, according to dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., will offer the longest, highest quality protection possible.
Wear comfortable, close-toed shoes.
Now is not the time to be fashion conscious at the expense of injury or inadequate support for your feet. Blisters and aching feet will be kept at bay.
Opt for a broad brim hat and wear layers. A fanny pack will be your best friend.
Don’t forget a refillable water bottle. The importance of staying hydrated, by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, can’t be overstated. And even small amounts of alcohol throughout the day can lead to serious dehydration in the Florida heat.
Don’t go hungry. Have a plan for eating and/or take snacks with you to replenish electrolytes.
Take breaks in the shade.
Don’t push yourself. Pace.
Preparation of your body for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2017 with good planning and MASSAGE will keep you day-tripping to Amelia Island again and again. See you there!
Will U Be My Valentine 4 Ever? Consider a valentine’s day gift massage!
Saint Valentine’s Day, celebrated in our country on February 14th every year, is liturgical in origin, like other holidays that we commemorate and enjoy. History books tell us that Saint Valentine’s Day was fixed by the Western Christian Church to be recognized on February 14th, while the Eastern Orthodox Church fixed the date to July 6th. Today it is observed as a Day of Love and Romance in many countries and celebrated by many people of all faiths, indoctrinations, and beliefs.
Even though the Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni, both ironically martyrs of the Roman Empire, the original significance of Valentine’s Day is cited as ‘Feast Day of Saint Valentine; the celebration of love and affection.’ And so we continue the tradition to observe “Will U B My Valentine 4 Ever?” by celebrating our love and affection for our sweethearts, whether as grammar school children in ‘puppy love,’ or as adults in life-long partnership love.
Most of us think of Valentine’s Day as a special day to treat one another with candy, flowers, Michelin star restaurants, and that one special card that undeniably proclaims the perfect message of ‘I love you!’
But there is another wonderful and meaningful experience that will further proclaim your appreciation, affection, and love for your sweetheart.
The gift of an Escape Spa Package says it all. Better yet, you can accrue extra ‘pamper points’ with a Couples Massage, the perfect wintery bridge to Springtime Romance for both of you. Awaiting is a soothing haven of quiet solitude that fosters oneness, prepared for just the two of you, with two therapists in one coupling environment. Ahhhhh…..
Remember. With a Valentine’s Day Gift Massage for couples you can double your pleasure: U Will B Valentines 4 Ever!
Hey, baby, it’s cold outside! Cold Weather, Pain, and Massage Therapy go hand in hand. Whether you are in Alaska or Florida-cold weather “demands” a massage from Amelia Massage Associates. Yep, it’s winter, when we all feel those aches and pains that seemed less obvious or restrictive during the fall and summer seasons. But there is an unsuspected non-prescription remedy to address your weather-related “why am I feeling so stiff and non-flexible?” and “why does everything ache?” questions.
Pain is the reason behind about 80% of physician visits in America. Not only does pain, especially persistent and chronic pain, take a physical toll, it also interferes with our social, mental, emotional and spiritual sides, according to Dr. Mercola, associated with Peak Fitness. A person struggling with pain often finds it difficult to carry out the simplest activities or engage in their usual social activities.
Now add cold temperatures to this scenario. The effects of cold weather on pain used to fall in the realm of old wives’ tales. Not anymore. A number of studies have suggested the link between cold weather and increased pain. Harriet Cooper’s article ‘Dealing With Winter Aches and Pains’ noted that one study found that for every 5.56° Celsius (10° Fahrenheit) drop in temperature, there was a corresponding incremental increase in arthritis pain. Researchers and physicians point to cold weather’s shrinking effect on tissues, which pulls on nerves and causes pain. And a typical more sedentary winter lifestyle allows our joints to “gel,” resulting in discomfort and stiffness.
Snowball battles are fun, but for many hibernation and watching from the sideline becomes their physical reality. This doesn’t have to be the case. A readily available remedial answer to these queries is massage therapy. Massage therapy comes with an excellent safety record, and while it may seem easier to take a pill to alleviate chronic pain, the non-invasiveness and overall effectiveness of massage for chronic pain makes it a great treatment plan with minimal, if any, side effects.
Massage can help alleviate weather-related pain, in both cold or warm, humid temperatures. Painful conditions, such as migraine headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy, to name a few, are often worsened in cold weather.
Arthritis, a very common health condition that we work with daily, has been studied at length and can be helped by regularly scheduled massages. And there are some other things that you can do to minimize your pain between maintenance massages.
Wear layers and pre-warm clothes in the dryer.
Keep home temperatures comfortably warm.
Warm up the car.
Use heating pads to relax muscles and soothe pain.
Exercise and stretch to loosen joints before going outside.
Hey, baby, it’s cold outside! But cold weather, pain, and massage therapy work well together-like warm, well-fitting gloves.
Nancy Shores, LMT, Facial Specialist at Amelia Massage Associates
What comes to mind when you see or hear the phrase “It’s the season for giving”? For many it brings the mindless but not heartless pre-occupation of gift-giving, as it presents itself to our Anatomy & Physiology. This time of year it starts surfing within the brainwaves and flowing through the heart, sometimes as early as September and continues through December 24 and and for certain people even beyond, year after year.
Our life’s work -our purpose and passion at Amelia Massage Associates – encompasses anatomy and physiology every day, so it’s reasonable to think that the tradition of gift-giving during the holiday season, or throughout the year, is actually all about two of our most vital anatomical organs: the brain and the heart.
The Frontal Lobe of the brain is associated with reasoning, planning, parts of speech, movement, emotions, and problem solving. The Occipital Lobe is associated with visual processing.
The heart represents love, affection, and the central or innermost parts of us, our character, feelings, or inclinations. Whether you are the giver or the receiver, your gift will be processed through your brain and your heart, and your entire body will feel the positive effects.
So is it better to give or to receive? Giving yourself a Relaxing Couple Massage negates that dilemma completely.
My personal anatomy and physiology tells me that both options are positive resolutions to “It’s The Season For Giving.”
What are the shared benefits of the Thanksgiving feast, tryptophan, and therapeutic massage? You might think hmmmmm…….nothing. But let’s reconsider.
Thanksgiving is that time of the year when we traditionally come together around a feast-laden table to give of ourselves by giving to each other. What unfolds is a testament of our thankfulness, our gratitude, and a celebration of ‘the blessing of the harvest.’
The Thanksgiving holiday is a time when friends and family come together, unified for a sole purpose. It’s a time for preparing and then feasting on delectable dishes while enjoying the ebb and flow of laughter echoing through story telling and the sharing of vivid memories held close by, in the heart. Peace, Relaxation, Rejuvenation, Contentment.
Tryptophan: a crystalline essential amino acid that is widely distributed in dietary proteins such as turkey and thought to reduce anxiety, induce a slumbered state of body and mind, and beckon one to sleep by mid-afternoon. Peace, Relaxation, Rejuvenation, Contentment.
Therapeutic massage: professional manipulation of the soft tissues of the body through therapeutic techniques to promote healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Peace, Relaxation, Rejuvenation, Contentment.
So what, exactly, are the shared benefits of the Thanksgiving feast, tryptophan, and therapeutic massage?
When Fall arrives-the kaleidoscope season for the body, mind and spirit-wouldn’t a relaxing massage provide your “kneaded” break after a hot, humid summer and the ‘hurry up and take a vacation with the kids before school starts’ scenario?
Are you thinking about the upcoming holidays and the hustle and bustle-the cleaning, the cooking, and the major gift and grocery shopping seasons? If your answers are YES and YES, there are many therapeutic solutions awaiting you.
With the refreshing and colorful Fall season here, it’s time to call us or visit us On Line to reserve the appointment that you know is kneaded now and also to order and print your Gift Cards for the busy gift-giving season.
Our services are comprehensive. There is something for everyone. You will find a kaleidoscope of relaxation & therapeutic “self-time” services available just for you, or printable Gift Cards for your friends and family to enjoy the spa service of their choice. Massages, Facials, and Escape Spa Packages will take you and your loved ones on a journey to a relaxed, but energized and rejuvenated state of body and mind.
What better time than the beautiful Fall season for you or that special someone to enjoy positive down-time?
Any of our massage selections will melt away your summer knots and your stress. Enter Fall, the kaleidoscope season for the body, mind and spirit in peace and comfort.
Have you heard the expression: “If your heart’s not in it, why bother?” Wise words. I ponder the reality that all too often we see and feel complacency within the various businesses that we encounter throughout our everyday lives. Why is this? And what do we as consumers expect ‘customer service’ to be? Where does it begin and where does it end?
I took my sweet 10 year old Lab to the Vet today and while I waited for my turn to discuss the minor surgery about to take place, I scanned the waiting room. It was fun to watch the other pets and their various states of “OK, I’m ready to go home NOW” when presented to their owners. I noticed various informational posters, health update notifications, retail products, and photos of pets needing forever homes within the waiting area, but then something very special caught my eye. It was a plaque on the wall inscribed Best Of The Best 2016. Above it was another plaque, Best Of The Best 2015. As I watched and listened it was easy to smile at the friendly, caring support staff and the doctors who were patiently giving the “parents” at-home care instructions for their 4-legged patients about to be discharged. Here it was, right in front of me: genuine customer service. I thought ‘wow, these folks really want to be here and they love what they do.’ They exuded knowledge, trustworthiness, support of the pets and their owners, and a unified display of love and compassion for all. But somehow I didn’t feel like a customer being served; I felt like I was a part of their unity and purpose, their heart. The Best Of The Best plaques indirectly, but clearly, defined customer service for me. Genuine customer service is building upon a foundation of knowledge and simply loving what you do and those you serve.
When we, Amelia Massage Associates, also achieved the same recognition for 2016 (and 2015), I felt a kindred spirit evolving. ‘They love what they do. They really want to be here.’
When it comes from the heart, the result is genuine customer service.
Genuine customer service is more than saying “at my pleasure.” It’s more than saying “no problem.” It’s putting others’ needs and requirements, perceived or actual, above all else while remaining vigilant in our purpose to hold each other accountable and provide the best possible experience for our quests. We must always show our love of the work-and our love for those we serve. It’s a high calling: we are entrusted to do no harm; we are entrusted to reflect a professional code of ethics; we are entrusted to learn and grow as individual therapists and as a team. We are not perfect. No business is perfect. But it is the heart that makes all the difference. Genuine customer service is heart borne. It begins and ends with the heart.
Nancy and Mike and staff recently celebrated more than 20 years in the business and were extremely proud to have received the local 2015 Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Award on Amelia Island, an annual certificate organized and conducted by local Newspaper, the Fernandina Beach Newsleader.
Is there a new Olympic event called cupping? Well, yes and no. Michael Phelps, the most decorated American Olympian in history, knows the answer. He has surely benefited from Cupping Therapy which was evident by circular red spots on his shoulder and witnessed by millions of spectators who enjoyed the recent swimming events held in Rio. Phelps and his healthcare team shined a spotlight on a centuries-old medical modality not previously known to most people.
We are pleased with the heightened awareness of cupping overall, but especially the surge of questions and an increase in cupping appointments at Amelia Massage Associates since the Olympics aired. Phelps and his teammates brought “medically beneficial” attention to cupping therapy rather than the “celebrity fad” atmosphere that we often see on reality TV shows. Along with our personal acupuncturist and great teacher of Eastern medicine modalities, Dr. Huimin Wang, we thank Phelps and the U.S. swim team medical professionals for bringing cupping to the forefront.
Where did the ancient practice of Cupping begin?
Medical historians and scholars think that the Chinese are responsible for the first cupping procedures. According to a recent article by Morgan Massage, the earliest recorded use is attributed to the famous alchemist (medieval chemical science) and herbalist, Ge Hong (281-341 A.D.). “Acupuncture and cupping, more than half of the ills cured,” was an expression during medieval times.
But what is cupping therapy, exactly? And who performs it? According to the ICTA (International Cupping Therapy Association), negative pressure (suction) is used to rapidly facilitate rigid soft tissue release, loosen and lift connective tissue, and drain stagnation while increasing blood and lymph to the skin and muscles in a manner not possible through the use of compression techniques. In its original form cupping involved the use of hollowed out animal horns that were used to suck out and drain the toxins from snakebites and skin lesions. The horn slowly evolved into bamboo cups which were eventually replaced with glass. Today cups are available in glass (stationary or moving cups), plastic, and a newer, more flexible version is made of silicone. The various types have advantages and disadvantages for the practitioner, and glass is recommended for certain ailments over plastic, but they all work equally well and are beneficial for the patient. Chiropractors, holistic physicians, acupuncturists, physical therapists and massage therapists are among the medical practitioners that provide cupping therapy. We recommend certified cupping therapy training or instruction from a practicing physician.
What are the red circles that appear as bruises? They are not bruises at all; they are evidence of the build-up of toxin, other waste products, and ultimately, the chronic stagnation present within the troubled underlying tissues. The redness shows that the cupping has worked. And unless the cups were to be positioned with extreme force, there are no negative side effects. However, there are CONTRAINDICATIONS: severe diseases such as cardiac or renal failure; ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis; severe edema; hemorrhagic disease such as allergic purpura; hemophilia; leukemia; or clients with dermatosis; destruction of skin; allergic dermatitis, fever; dehydration, and sometimes, muscle soreness, to name a few. For those taking blood thinners and for diabetics, lighter suction is used.
Simply put, cupping creates an path for the stretching and opening of the tissues in the body. A lifting affect occurs and space is made for fluid to drain toxins and waste from the cells, and that waste is then expelled from the body.
There are many benefits of cupping but we’ll name just a few so that you will have a basic idea.
Musculoskeletal pain, tightness, numbness
Arthritis High Blood pressure
Sciatica Post-surgery adhesions
Rheumatism Post-injury trauma
Bronchial Asthma & Congestion Cellulite
Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Stretch marks
Michael Phelps and his healthcare team shined a spotlight on a new Olympic event-Cupping Therapy-a centuries-old medical modality not previously known to most people. Now that you know, give us a call.
Upon hearing the word massage, many people immediately think of going to a spa and spending some quality “me-time.”
Sure, massage can help put your mind and body at ease. But its benefits extend beyond providing you that feeling of comfort and relaxation.
The manipulation of soft tissues has several health benefits that you may not readily realize, and it is due to these effects that massage therapy must be incorporated into your routine.
The following are five benefits of massage therapy and why you should consider it more than just a pampering treat.
1. Relieve stress.
Everyone would agree that after a massage therapy session, you simply feel calm and relaxed. In fact, stress relief is one of the primary benefits of receiving a bodywork treatment.
Contrary to popular belief, stress isn’t always bad. Stress is actually necessary to perform everyday functions and prevent accidents, such as hitting the brakes when another vehicle suddenly storms in front of you on the road. Too much stress, however, can be detrimental to your health.
Several studies show that even a single session of massage therapy can immensely reduce stress. This is because massage helps reduce your heart rate, insulin levels and cortisol levels. By adding therapeutic massage in your routine, you can feel and look healthier.
2. Improve posture
Today’s generation is notorious for bad posture. Desk workers are particularly at risk, as they need to sit for hours on end day after day. And only a small portion of the population takes the time and effort to practice measures that would permanently help them improve their posture. The most common manifestations include pain in the neck, back and glutes.
Thankfully, this can be corrected by receiving massage. Regular massage therapy sessions can help reinforce the natural movements of different body parts, allowing your body to get back on track. It also helps reduce muscle soreness and promotes pain-free posture.
3. Strengthen the immune system
You might wonder, “How can something done on the outside help improve things on the inside?”
Many might think of this simply as a marketing ploy by massage therapists and spa owners, but there are plenty of studies that back it up.
For instance, one study showed that HIV patients who received a 45-minute massage therapy session 5 days a week for 1 month experienced an increase in production of cells which are considered the first line of defense in the immune system. Massage has also been shown to improve the cytotoxic capacity of the immune system, which is the activity level of the natural “killer” cells.
4. Improve circulation and lower blood pressure.
As mentioned, one session of therapeutic massage offers a wealth of health benefits. Just imagine what it can do if done on a regular basis. One of the best long-term effects of massage therapy is improved blood circulation. This is a result of the pressure created during the massage, regardless of the technique used. This pressure causes blood to flow through the congested areas, which then allows new blood to flow in. This also flushes lactic acid from the muscles, the accumulation of which is associated with chronic muscle fatigue and soreness.
Massage can also help patients with high blood pressure. Many think that this medical condition comes with several symptoms. In reality, though, it has none, earning it the nickname “the silent killer.” Massage therapy has been proven to be an effective way to lower blood pressure naturally. Receiving massage therapy on a regular basis decreases both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
5. Recover from physical injury.
Rehabilitating a physical injury can be a tedious and painful process. Many find that a physical rehabilitation program is insufficient to restore the affected area to its pre-injury state. Massage therapy plays a critical role in supplementing injury rehabilitation procedures. Relaxing the muscles and promoting circulation in the affected area allow blood to deliver much needed oxygen and other nutrients. This helps improve flexibility and range of motion. With the right injury massage therapy, the patient can expect the area to be healed at an accelerated rate.
Studies indicate that there is an increasing number of patients who seek therapeutic massage to heal broken bones and burns as well. Massage can reduce stiffness and improve mobility, two problems often experienced when recovering from a broken bone. Burn patients also report less itching, discomfort and depression after receiving three months of massage therapy alongside their skin rehabilitation program.
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It is important to understand that the benefits of massage therapy are more than skin deep. Incorporating this form of self-care into your routine plays a huge role in maintaining your health for years to come. Massage is often viewed as a luxury, but it’s a worthy investment that provides numerous therapeutic benefits. It is recommended to find a professional massage therapist who can help establish a regular treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
About the Author
Jonathan Leger is a freelance journalist with a deep interest in holistic medicine and homeopathic care. If you’re ever in Ashville, North Carolina, he suggests you get a massage HERE.