For many years, healing bodywork has been a holistic therapy that can be used to help balance one physically, emotionally, mentally & spiritually. A massage session can use a variety of strategies to work on the client's specific physical, emotional, mental & spiritual needs. Some of the results of a massage session can include:
quieted mental activity
clear energy flow
reinforces postitive attitude
decreases cortisol levels
Massage therapy can also utilize various types of techniques to ease the different types of mental busyness that could possibly prevent the relaxed mind state (slow brain wave activity). The Relaxation Response occurs when mental activity is slowed to a relaxed state - which is usually associated with the practice of yoga or meditation. A good explaination of the relaxation response is "a natural and innate protective mechanism against overstress, which allows us to turn off harmful bodily effects by bringing on changes that decrease the heart rate, low metabolism, decrease breathing rate & bring the body back into what is possibly a healthier balance." - Herbert Benson M.D.
At Whole Health Chiropractic, your care is of the upmost importance and that is why we have in-house massage therapist who are on staff everyday. Call or email us to schedule an appointment for a chiropractic adjustment with Doctor Teresa Jonesand massage therapy session today!
Types of Massage Therapy
Swedish Massage: this standard type of massage therapy that starts with broad general strokes and then transitions into more specific strokes to address problem areas Aromatherapy Massage: swedish massage with essential oils Hot Stone Massage: heated stones are used on specific points or areas of the body Deep Tissue Massage: focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots (adhesions) Shiatsu: a form of Japanese bodywork; the goal is to stimulate acupressure points on the body to improve the flow of energy & regain balance Thai Massage: a blend of yoga, passive stretching & pressing massage movements; aides in alignment & balance of the body's energies Pregnancy Massage: a.k.a. prenatal massage; is customized to an expectant mother's needs and promotes relaxation Reflexology: a deep, relaxing foot massage to promote healing throughout the body Sports Massage: designed to prevent/treat injuries, improve flexability & enhance athletic performance. Also helps with muscle pain or restricted range of motion
What is Massage Therapy?
Generally massage is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine, but has been increasing as a standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It has shown to be helpful in treating anxiety, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia, myofacial pain syndrome, sports injuries, etc. Massage therapy is the therapeutic manipulation of the body's soft tissues using a series of pressured movements. A therapist uses their hands, fingers, knees or forearms to administer touches ranging from light strokes to deep kneeding movements or in some cases, a massage device. Although massage is not a replacement for regular medical care, studies have proven massage to be complementary to a wide range of medical conditions. It can also act as an alternative medicine for sports related injuries, joint pain and even scar tissue. Overall, massage is a great addition to your daily life to aide your body in achieving homeostasis in a naturally healthy way.
At Whole Health Chiropractic, your care is of the upmost importance and that is why we have in-house massage therapist who are on staff everyday. Call today or email us to schedule an appointment for massage therapy session today.