Massage is one of the oldest healing modalities. There is evidence that shows it is over 4000 years old.
Massage is one way in which to increase and maintain optimum health and is now being referred to as an integrative therapy.
Massage: *reduces pain * increases range of motion *enhances muscle recovery after tough workouts * lowers blood pressure * an essential part of training for athletes preparing for events * decreases anxiety and depression and so much more...
Our skin has approximately 640,000 sensory receptors that are connected to the spinal cord by over one half million nerve fibers.
Pain sensors are the most numerous type.
The sensation of touch is carried to the brain on thicker, faster and more numerous pathways than pain. Compassionate touch overrides the pain signal removing it from the forefront.
Massage counteracts the stress response in the body, the "Fight or Flight Response". The body is able to shift into the "Rest and Digest Stage" where the neurotransmitters of serotonin and dopamine are released. Serotonin *makes us feel happy * aids in sleep and Dopamine *allows muscles to move more fluidly * stabilizes brain activity *regulates the flow of information * regulates emotion and feelings of pleasure *affects appetite * body temperature * physical coordination * sleep
Therapeutic massage allows us to enter a quiet state of mind where we can discover peace and calm.