Massage has been found to improve:
- Range of motion.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating the body’s natural defense system (lymph)
- amino acids are released which work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation,adhesions and swelling.
- Alleviate low-back pain
- relieves muslce tightness
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Relax tired, and overused muscles.
- Improve the condition of your skin
- Promote tissue regeneration
- reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Relieve migraine pain
- Reduces swelling
- Lessens sciatic pain
- Eases muscular discomforts in areas like the low back & neck
- It also helps with tension and tightening that can be experienced throughout the body
- Relaxes tense muscles and can help increase flexibility.
- Helps with relaxation which in turn can decrease insomnia
- Can increases oxygen up to 10-15% after a massage.
- Strengthens the immune system
- Stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, into the brain and nervous system.
- Helps relieve anxiety or depression
- Helps increase blood circulation, which in turn delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the mother and baby.
- Can be used during the birth as well as after making both experiences easier and more comfortable
Deep Tissue Massage offers ten primary benefits, including:
1. Relieving upper or lower back pain and stiffness; leg, hip, ankle, and foot pain; sciatica; IT band soreness; plantar fasciitis; osteoarthritis; fibromyalgia; and stress
2. Decreasing tension in sprained and strained muscles, especially in the back
3. Reducing inflammation4. Improving mobility
5. Alleviating muscle spasms and muscle cramps (with regular massage)
6. Helping correct poor posture, such as slouching or leaning
7. Speeding up the mending period of injured tendons and ligaments
8. Improving sleep
9. Decreasing reliance on pain medication (if received on a regular basis)
10. Breaking up knots and trigger points
Deep Tissue Massage involves the massage therapist applying compression or deep pressure using his elbows, fingers, or knuckles to spasming or knotted muscles, fibrous adhesions, and/or trigger points in order to bring about a more profound state of relaxation. Deep tissue massage may include the use of petrissage (specific kneading strokes) and effleurage (smoothing and gliding strokes), which are administered with progressively increasing degrees of pressure, while cautiously monitoring the client's verbal feedback and body's reflex responses.Deep Tissue is not a forceful massage, meaning it does not require that the therapist strain in order to press his way through hard and tight muscles or thick fibrous tissue. Instead, this technique requires patiently lengthening soft tissue layer by layer to release holding patterns that are preventing a client from relaxing. The emphasis for each deep tissue session is to alter muscle tightness and restriction in order to decrease tension, with the client ideally leaving the session feeling invigorated and relaxed.A full body massage should never consist entirely of deep tissue strokes because it is overwhelming to the client and would not achieve therapeutic results. It is important to understand that, although strokes are deep, they are done mindfully with caution and confidence. The therapist is assisting the client to release chronically spasmed areas. The depth and quality of muscle release varies for each client and with each session and the effects are usually longer lasting than those of Swedish massage
I really liked this atricle I found in the San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 04, 2011 describing a deep tissue massage. I posted it below for you.
Benefits for Golfers
Massage has been practiced for thousands of years; today's society sees it as a "relaxing" or "therapeutic" modality, but it can also play a role in enhancing athletic and other physical performance. Massage can break down adhesions and scar tissues, which ultimately may lead to better freedom of movement and thus better swing mechanics for golfers.
Golf’s Top 10 Stress Points The areas most prone to injury in golfers are:
—Source: John R. McCarroll, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
- Lower back