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Massage Therapy

Much Like Acupuncture, massage is an ancient modality which has been practiced for many thousands of years. Chinese writings from as early as 3000 B.C. describe the use of Massage for the treatment of disease and the maintenance of health. It also has very early roots in Japan, India, and most of Europe.

 Massage Therapy can affect ones emotional well being. It has a direct impact on muscle health and circulation which are critical for proper body function. In addition to reducing pain and improving muscle performance here are some of the benefits of Massage Therapy on the various systems of the body.

Circulation - During massage, the amount of blood pumped to the heart is increased due to the expansion of the capillaries. This causes a temporary reduction in systolic, and diastolic blood pressure, as well as a slight increase in the heart rate.

Digestive System - One of the primary functions of the digestive system is to remove waste and toxins from the body. However, stress and poor eating habits can prohibit this system from working efficiently, resulting in indigestion, bloating, and constipation. Massage can improve the functions of the digestive system and relieve these symptoms by stimulating peristalsis, the spontaneous massage action of the intestines.

Emotions - The negative emotions we sometimes store inside can lead to tension in the muscles, which can be alleviated through the movements of massage. The counter pressure on the muscles dissipates tension, freeing it to be converted into energy.

Joints - Massage can soothe joint pain caused by injury, inflammation, and every day exertion by promoting increased blood flows to the affected areas.

Lungs - Breathing can be greatly improved through massage of the chest, shoulders, and back. Reducing tensions in these areas can assist in the removal of congestion from the lungs, aiding respiratory conditions.

Lymphatic System - The lymphatic system is a part of the body which helps fight infection. As such, its efficiency of operation plays a vital role in overall health. Through massage, congestion in the lymphatic system may be eased, improving this system's overall effectiveness, and strengthening the body's ability to fight infection.

Muscles - One of the most common reasons for getting a massage is relief of muscle tension. Massage releases built up tension from tight muscles, enabling them to once again work efficiently.

Nervous System - The nervous system assists in the regulation of all other systems of the body. Through massage the nervous system is calmed, allowing better communication with the organs, helping them to operate more effectively.

Skin - During massage, perspiration may be increased, thereby removing additional toxins from the body.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine