Most people are aware that getting regular massages has a multiplicative effective for relieving stress and promoting relaxation, but did you realize that the body actually learns what is ‘normal’ for it? The more you reinforce the sensation of relaxation, and easing of muscle tension, the easier it is for your body to return to that state in the future.
Scheduling massages at a regular interval has a far greater cumulative effect on well-being than the practice of only getting a massage when you are in a state of over-tension or injury.
It is the basic premise of any kind of conditioning. In order to be good at anything, physical or mental, you consistently do it so you are prepared when the time comes when you have to do it, you do it well. For example, if you didn’t walk around for a month, how well do you think you could just stand up and walk around the block?
Your body works this way for relaxation, whether you realize it or not. In order for your muscles to be good at relaxing on their own, without you having to think about it, they need to be conditioned to be relaxed.
Many people consistently employ the use of drugs to reduce muscular, nerve and connective tissue pain symptoms (including aspirin and other over the counter pain relievers). Receiving regular massages can reduce the need for these.
For those who suffer from low-back pain, a study by the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle has shown that massage is more effective than medication at reducing pain. Some massage therapists provide specialized sport massages, while others specialize in relaxation massages.
Our therapists each have specialty areas, as well as solid training and certifications in the basics of massage therapy.
In addition to helping people cope with and reduce pain for physical injuries, the supportive touch of a massage therapist is a powerful positive element during periods of emotional distress. If you are dealing with grief or loss, or a stressful work relationship or environment, you might use massage as a way to relax and feel cared for without having to actively share your feelings – a welcome relief for many people.
Here are some of the long term positive effects that regular massages and bodywork can provide:
— Alleviate chronic stiffness and improve range of motion.
— Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow – the body’s natural defense system.
— Provide weak, tight, or atrophied muscles with an easy workout.
— Help prepare for workouts to lessen the risk of injury
— Help recover quicker from workouts of any level.
— Increase joint flexibility.
— Lessen depression or anxiety.
— Promote tissue regeneration.
— Distribute oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
— Improve the condition of the skin (the body’s largest organ).
— Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
— Reduce muscle spasms and cramping.
— Provide the ability for tired, and overused muscles to relax easier.
— Release endorphins – amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
— Relieve pain from TMJ to migraine headaches to carpel tunnel pain.
Of course most of these things are accomplished with a single visit to our Denver massage center here in Cherry Creek, but the cumulative effect of regular massages will enhance these massage benefits exponentially.
Call 303-777-1151 to schedule your massages for the year. Don’t worry, if you ever need to change a massage time, just give us a call and we can move whichever appointment you need to, without disrupting your other massages.