Tremendous benefits can be achieved with regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage therapist. Whether it’s for relaxation, to reduce muscle tension, or to get relief from chronic pain, you can benefit from massage therapy by enhancing your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being as well as your quality of life. Massage therapy benefits people of all ages, including infants, children, older adults, pregnant women, athletes, and office workers. Massage therapy benefits include: effective reduction of pain management alleviation of anxiety and depression reduction of inflammation improved body awareness and body image decrease in stress hormones improved sleep hormones improved joint mobility improved posture improved lymphatic drainage cancer related fatigue low back pain reducing post-operative pain boosting the body’s immune system function osteoarthritis of the knee Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions. While massage therapy can benefit the injured, the ill, and in preventing illness and conditions before they develop.
Massage Therapy to promote deeper and easier breathing:
One of the telltale signs of anxiety and stress can be constricted breathing. When the body starts to take shallow short breaths instead of breathing at a natural pace, it is near impossible for one to reach a relaxed state. Part of the problem is that the muscles around the rib cage and abdomen may have tightened, constricting air.
Massage therapy plays an important role in training the body how to relax and help improve breathing. Respiratory issues, such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma and bronchitis, are one group of conditions that can benefit from massage therapy.
Many muscles in the front and back of the upper body are accessory respiratory muscles when any of these muscles are chronically tight and shortened, they can restrict normal breathing and disrupt breathing patterns. Massage techniques to lengthen and relax these muscles improve breathing capacity and function.
The benefits of Massage therapy can not only improve breathing, but also posture. This can lead to an opening of the chest area, as well as the structural alignment and rib cage expansion needed for optimal lung function. Plus, when the parasympathetic nervous system responds to massage your breathing rate slows and becomes deep and regular.
A particularly beneficial way of relieving respiratory issues through massage therapy is tapotement, a rhythmic, percussive stroke used in Swedish massage. When performed on the back, along with vibration and shaking, tapotement can loosen mucus in the lungs and increase airway clearance for better lung function.
Not only will massage therapy help relax internal muscles, it can also help individuals become aware of their daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what true relaxation feels like, the mind can then easily recreate it before stress becomes chronic and damaging. This can also help you enjoy a more balanced life.
Benefits of Improving Breathing
Controls breathing in an effort to aid relaxation
Allows the mind to re-create relaxation before stress becomes chronic or damaging
Increases energy level