What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is the manipulation of muscles and soft tissue with the intent to relieve tension and reduce pain. It is appropriate for anyone from small children to the elderly.
“Systems of activity applied to the soft tissues of the human body for therapeutic, educational, or relaxation purposes. The application may include: a) Pressure, friction, stroking, rocking, kneading, percussion, or passive or active stretching within the normal anatomical range of movement. b) Complementary methods, including the external application of water, heat, cold, lubricants, and other topical preparations. c) The use of mechanical devices that mimic or enhance actions that may possibly be done by the hands.“ – (North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy, Practice Act)
Benefits of Massage
- Relieves muscle tension, improves tone, reduces spasms & stiffness.
- Reducing the symptoms of disorders and/or pain in the muscles and nervous system.
- Improves posture and increases joint flexibility.
- Improves cardiovascular health and lowers blood pressure.
- Boosts immunity.
- Reduces stress, promoting brain health.
- Promotes overall relaxation of the body and mind.
- Reduces anxiety and depression.
- Promotes sleep.