Massage therapy involves the manipulation of soft tissues structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle tension, and stress, as well as to promote health and wellness. It improves the functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems, and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury or illness. It promotes relaxation and stress reduction, which in turn promote physical and mental wellness.
2. What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
It depends on the techniques used. With a general massage (Swedish), the session may begin with broad slowing strokes to help calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body relaxes, pressure will be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscle tension. Don't be afraid to communicate with your massage therapist. If the pressure is too much (or conversely, not enough), speak up.
Psychologists have long known that humans need touch to thrive. Studies have shown lower blood pressure and increased immune system activity in women subjects who received more hugs from their partners. The University of California's School of Public Health found that getting eye contact and a pat on the back from the doctor may boost the survival rate of patients with complex diseases.
We've made touching each other more taboo than ever. Teachers are no longer allowed to hug students, even when the children initiate it. (What's a worse signal to a child than stiffing up and disengaging when they try to hug you?) Co-workers think twice about offering a touch to the arm or shoulder, let alone a hug. We too quickly equate all touch with sexuality when there's a vast range of non-sexual touch that's critical for human well-being.
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Actually, it can provide wonderful results, which is why I use it with my clients. Cupping uses negative pressure created by suction as opposed to the tissue compression generally created by standard massage therapy. The suction loosens and lifts connective tissues, facilitates soft tissues release, and increases blood and lymph flow throughout the skin and muscles.Cupping can aid: * Plantar fasciitis* Muscular-skeletal problems—pain, spasms, tightness, numbness…* Cellulite, adhesions.
You should NOT use cupping if you have:* Cardiac or renal failure* Ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis and/or severe edema* Hemophilia, allergic pupura, leukemia* Dermatosis or allergic dermatitis* Not near a hernia site.
People often ask what it feels like. Have you ever stuck your hand over the end of a vacuum nozzle? That's what it feels like, only much more gentle and controlled. The suction is adjustable. Some people say it tickles. Other can feel it “sticking” or “resisting” when...