Massage and Bodywork have many benefits for general health & wellbeing, energy & vitality.
Massage is truly a holistic therapy. The human touch, a vital part of our life, is utilized to enhance and uplift our physical, mental and emotional status. In massage, touch treats both the physical and emotional needs and facilitate deep mind & body relaxation.
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, people enjoy massage because it involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connection with the therapist.
Hippocrates had a high regard for massage and considered it a crucial component of treatment from a well-rounded physician. Massage is administered on the skin, the largest organ of the body.
“The surface of the skin has an enormous number of sensory receptors receiving stimuli of heat, cold, touch, pressure and pain. A piece of skin the size of a quarter contains more than 3 million cells, 1001 to 340 sweat glands, 50 nerve ending, and 3 feet of blood vessels. It is estimated that there are some 50 receptors per 100 square millimeters, a total of 640,000 sensory receptors…. The number of sensory fibers from the skin entering the spinal cord by the posterior roots is well over a half million.” (Touching by Ashley Montague p.7)
Healthy Massage heals unlike any other therapy, and can be a major component toward better health, personal growth and self healing.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reports that massage is one of the most popular complementary therapies used in America. Research suggests that massage can affect the body’s production of certain hormones linked to blood pressure, anxiety, heart rate and other key vital signs.
Summary of the general potential benefits of massage to the body-mind:
Guidelines from :
Tappan’s Handbook of HEALING MASSAGE TECHNIQUES, page 33
Effects on the Skin:
~Stimulate sensory receptors in the skin and improve skin condition
Effects on the Circulatory System:
~Massage increases circulation allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
~”Milk” metabolic wastes into venous and lymph flow
Massage of muscles and joints can lead to significant reduction in pain for people with Arthritis according to Tiffany Field, Phd., Director of Touch Research Institute at University of Miami School of Medicine.
~In a 1996 study of Fibromyalgia reported a 38% decrease in pain symptoms after a session, and improved night sleep
Nervous System and Endocrine System:
~Nervous system (Relaxation)
~More restful sleep
~Increased body awareness
~Release of endorphins-the body natural painkiller
~Relieves pain for migraine and back pain
~Improved immune function by stress reduction
~Stimulates the lymph flow-the body's natural defense system against toxic invaders
~Improved focus and Increase of Mental Clarity
~Reduced anxiety and depression
it is all about the human connection that helps us thrive.
We all have the power within, providing this personal time will help to simply relax and connect to the spark within.
Healing occur when we relax, and also our creativity juices become active when we are in a state of relaxation.
Qi Gong practice will make you move your body in different new ways and therefore address a different layers of the whole being.
Both massage & qigong practice can help to open blockages in the physical body and energetic body that will facilitate more open flow of blood & energy.
They could help to transform stress and exhaustion to vitality.
When our body is in balance, we can feel happier, energized, feel a higher level of clarity and centered.
By those ways a person can actively recharge personal resorviur.
One of the principles of massage and qigong is simply Joy.
Boosting and enhancing the overall well being with Joy.
It is well known that joy strengthen the whole body and it is possible to heal and uplift the general well being in a pleasant way.
Session will provide comfort feeling, a sense of empowerment and creates a deep human connection.
That will help the whole body to relax and at the same time feel more energize.
When we relax it helps the natural healing to happen.