With over thirty years of experience working with people I have developed a keen understanding of how our bodies work for us and how sometimes we work against the good work our body is trying to accomplish.
When we have physical distress in our body, often the body protects us from feeling it, by blocking blood and nerve supply. This is a voluntary act on the part of the body often requiring muscles to stay contracted to some degree to allow us to continue on. It's good in an emergency but left unattended it can lead to a delay in healing because the we may not stop and rest and heal. If we do rest, we might feel worse as our body begins to release the distress. A dialog between our body and our mind ensues telling us of the distress.
A good massage is helpful because as your massage therapist I can systematically and sensitively feel and hear the conversation and help you interpret what your body is saying. This state of body awareness allows the systems of the body to begin the healing process.
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Benefits of Massage
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork 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.
“While a physician tends to the needs of the body and a psychologist ministers to the emotions ... and a teacher to the mind ... and a clergy person to the spirit, few cross boundaries into healing the whole person. Julie Evans is that rare kind of healer. In her work as a Licensed Massage Therapist she touches every aspect of an individual's sacred and profane existence, and along the way helps him or her walk straighter, be healthier, feel quieter, think clearer, and know greater peace.”
Steve Lewis, author, New Paltz, New York