The Benefits of Massage Therapy

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Stress Relief

Stress is a major cause of chronic illness and death. Massage has been shown to decrease cortisol in the body. This allows the body to enter a relaxing rest-and-recovery mode.

Improves Flexibility

Muscle injuries are more common now than ever before. We have become more sedentary and as we age our joints tighten, making range of motion and flexibility restricted. Massage increases flexibility and allows oxygen to flow thereby healing your muscles and joints allowing for wider range of motion.

Improves Posture

Poor posture is the number one cause of neck and back pain.  Furthermore, because of the pressure we put on our organs we also negatively impact our digestion, blood circulation and breathing capacity. Massage can relax and loosen the muscles made sore by bad posture, allowing your body to position itself in its natural-and pain-free-posture.

Relieves Tension Headaches

In the United States alone, more than 60% of the 45 million Americans who suffer from chronic headaches suffer from migraines. The disorder can be debilitating and typically results from high stress levels and/or lack of sleep. Massage therapy decreases the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms. It also increases serotonin levels, which plays an important role in the regulation of mood, sleep and appetite.

Improves Blood Circulation

An individual with poor blood circulation can suffer from a variation of discomforts including the pooling of fluids in the extremities, colds hands and feet, and muscular fatigue/aches created by an accumulation of lactic acid buildup.  Massage facilitates better circulation because the pressure from the massage technique moves blood through congested areas. The release of pressure allows new blood to move in. The squeezing and pushing flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the circulation of the lymph fluid and carries metabolic waste away from the muscles.

Strengthens the Immune System

People who experience high levels of stress tend to get sick more than others. Combine stress with lack of sleep and poor nutrition, and our immune system’s ability to naturally protect itself against bacteria and infection is greatly reduced.  Clinical studies have indicated that regular massage can naturally increase the immune system’s activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells” and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body’s immune functioning overall.

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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. With chronic muscle tension or injury, there may be adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.

Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature.

Hot Stone Therapy

The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body.

The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses highly concentrated oils extracted from herbs, flowers and fruits to naturally enhance the benefits of massage.

The nostrils are attached to a part of the brain called the limbic system which controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. When you inhale essential oil molecules, messages are transmitted to the limbic system and affect heart rate, stress level, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion, and the immune system.

Trigger Point

Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain.

You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage chronic pain and stress.

Reflexology

Foot Reflexology massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries or even everyday work and play. At Pūr Life your massage therapist will apply traditional Swedish and sports massage techniques to the foot, calf and upper leg. This will not only help relieve toe pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis, but can also decrease stress and anxiety in the entire body.

In addition, a variety of stretches can be beneficial. With pain and sensitivity in the foot, heel and calf areas, be sure to communicate your pain levels with your massage therapist during your treatment. It is also a good idea to rest after receiving the reflexology massage.

Swedish Massage

As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation.

Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.