Massage is a form of physiotherapy, and one of the oldest forms of medicine dating back to ancient times. It is a comprehensive and completely natural treatment which aids the body's own healing processes and aims to bring the body back into balance.
Massage generally deals with tight and aching muscles. These can be caused by posture imbalance, repetitive actions through work or hobbies, sports injuries such as whiplash or sprains, and arthritis. Tension headaches may also be caused by muscle tightness.
Remedial and sports massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body with the hands to warm, tone, stretch, relax and release tension and improve joint flexibility. Massage will relax and stretch those muscles which have become constricted through stress, trauma, over-exercise, misaligned joints or injury. Massage also increases the blood supply to the tissues and helps with the removal of toxins.
A healthy body is one that can move easily and freely... freedom of movement requires healthy muscles.
Not only can massage have a very positive impact on our physical bodies it can also be very effective in influencing our emotional well-being.
The link between body and mind is complex and highly interconnected - stress being a great example of this. When there's no relief from stress, the sustained fight-or-flight response can cause problems, leading to physical symptoms including headaches, digestive problems, raised blood pressure and problems sleeping.
Massage helps to lower the heart rate and blood pressure, relax muscles and increase the production of endorphins, the body's natural "feel good" chemical.
The importance of emotional wellbeing to our health is of great interest to me and is one of the reasons why I've recently added Indian head massage and manual lymphatic drainage techniques to complement the remedial and sports massage that I offer.