The benefits of massage therapy are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:
Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.
Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.
There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.
Please note: Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies specifically exclude diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine.
The services of a bodywork professional may be covered by your health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath.
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
- • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
- • Ease medication dependence.
- • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
- • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- • Increase joint flexibility.
- • Lessen depression and anxiety.
- • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- • Reduce spasms and cramping.
- • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
- • Relieve migraine pain.
If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule a massage, please contact our Massage Therapist Tetyana Gnatyuk directly at (720) 366-1661.