The art of massage was developed in China more than 5000 years ago. The ancient techniques of manipulating muscles came to the United States in the 19th century and since then have flourished in many aspects of the American culture. Numerous studies show the benefits of massage therapy. From muscle relief and improved mobility to better circulation and help with the healing process, massage therapy has a long list of advantages. A session at our Skincare & Wellness Studio with a full body massage is a great gift for anyone. Moms, overworked executives, stressed out students – they can all walk away from a massage feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. However, if you are an athlete, have injuries or pain or are pregnant you can hugely benefit from massage therapy.
An athlete often puts his or her body through rigorous activity. Between grueling workouts, high intensity games and the pressure to win, an athlete’s body is constantly tested. To keep the body in top performance, massage therapy is often built into a healthy routine. Whether a massage is given before a big game or after, its benefits are widespread. From the physical benefits like pain relief to the physiological benefits like relaxation, many teams keep massage therapy in their playbook. Here’s a look at the benefits massage offers to athletes, as well as anyone with injuries, stress or pain:
- Improved blood flow.
- Increased nutrient delivery to the muscles.
- Cleansing of toxins built up in muscles.
- Relieves stress on joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
- Reduces muscle soreness.
- Reduces anxiety.
- Better awareness of the body and its ability.
During pregnancy, our skilled therapists can relieve aching muscles and release tension built up in stressed parts of the body, like the back and hips. Pregnant women often battle swollen muscles, fatigue and overall added stress on the body. A Swedish massage, which improves blood flow through mild pressure, as well as certain deep tissue strokes is the most recommended type of massage for a pregnant woman. Most professionals believe side-lying is the best position for a massage. Aside from offering stress relief, a massage also offers these benefits:
- Reduces joint pain.
- Improves circulation.
- Reduces anxiety.
- Improves sleep.
- Improves oxygenation of soft tissue and muscles.
- Decreases nerve pain.
- Positive change in mood.
?I was so stressed out by family health problems that my doctor told me I better do something or I was headed for health troubles of my own. He wanted to give me medication. When I refused and asked for an alternative he suggested regular massage therapy. I am so glad I found Body Celebration, I?m not sure I?d still be around without the relaxing power in hthe terapists hands. I?ve been a regular for years and still look forward to every appointment.?
James C., Terra Linda
“Best pre-natal massage, ever. I was pregnant with my first child, so the whole feeling-pregnant thing was very foreign to me. The massage was amazing. I felt like the massage therapist was able to articulate what I was feeling better than I was able to. I felt totally comfortable. I came back several times before I gave birth. Simply the BEST!!!! Plus the studio is very nice, small and quiet.”
Amy L., San Rafael
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