Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being. See if it’s right for you.
Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today, massage therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. If you’ve never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.
As with most things having to do with your health, knowledge is power. And more than that perhaps, knowledge helps you better understand what health conditions you are at particular risk for and then, from there, make informed decisions about how you might mitigate those risks.
Knowing what puts you at risk as well as how you can control some of these factors—is empowering and allows you to better manage your health and well-being, which is something you strive for with your massage therapy clients and need to do for yourself, too.
Massage for children offers a variety of health benefits. It is human nature to touch as a way of showing love and affection. This touch stimulates the body in positive ways to help it grow and develop. Massage is beneficial at any age but because children are still developing it can be especially helpful for them. Parent-child massage is a wonderful way to bond with your children while offering them health benefits.
Infant Weight Gain
Premature babies often struggle with weight gain. Touch, obtained through gentle massage and cuddling, releases a growth hormone in a premature infant that helps him gain necessary weight and aids development of vital organs and the brain. A study by the Department of Neonatology at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. showed that premature infants who were massaged, particularly with kinesthetic stimulation (body stroking and passive movement of the limbs), gained more weight than premature infants without massage.
Massage therapy is a form of treatment in which the therapist combines gentle pressure and hand strokes to loosen up and release tension that causes pain. The massage therapy profession in Arizona and most other states requires licensure, continued education and proficiency in treating patients for most common conditions.
Massage therapy can benefit you as a complement to your current treatments with physicians, surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, and even psychiatrists and psychologists.
How can it help you?
Back pain, neck pain, headaches, and the injuries caused by accidents are among some of the greatest reasons people seek out professional massage. Therapeutic massage can help anyone, at any age and ability. It relieves pain in joints, muscles, and tense areas of the body. It has been used for thousands of years in different systems of ancient medicine, with roots in Greek and Chinese medicine.
Massage is a safe, non-pharmaceutical way to feel less pain, and lasting relief from stress, depression, cancer, and even troubled digestion. Most of us have an idea of what a massage is.
Did you know that in some cases a massage may actually be beneficial to helping your skin repair and replenish after a sunburn? Find out what Massage Heights Therapists say about sunburn and massage therapy.
The hot months of July and August are the best time to get outdoors, especially when you can find some cool water to help beat the heat. Unfortunately, even with sunscreen many people manage to get painful sunburns from too much time outside. The myth is that if you have a sunburn, you should forego your routine massage appointment to allow your skin to heal. But, did you know that in some cases a massage may actually be beneficial to helping your skin repair and replenish after a sunburn? Continue reading “Sunburns and Massage Therapy”