To be fully healthy, your body and mind must be in balance. In today’s stressful world, this can be difficult. Massage therapy is just one way to reconnect the mind with the body and begin the process of restoring balance. The improved circulation provides oxygen and nutrients to the brain, while fueling the muscles and keeping the soft tissues pliable. By keeping the body moving and active, the brain receives the stimulation it needs to function more efficiently.
What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. It involves the movement of the joints and the stimulation of the circulatory system. Massaging the soft tissues flushes toxins from the body, increases range of motion, reduces inflammation, relieves pain, and allows you to remain flexible. Deep tissue massage strengthens the muscles and connective tissues and relieves muscle tension. The body is given the opportunity to relax and the mind soon follows.
Swedish massage techniques are soft and smooth. They gently relax the body, encouraging you to be calm and let go of the stress that has built up throughout the day. As the mind becomes more overwhelmed, the muscles begin to tighten resulting in headaches, stiffness in the neck and inflammation in the joint.
The more stress a person feels, the tighter their muscles become. The muscle tension can become so bad you may be prescribed muscle relaxants to help relieve your pain and discomfort. This can result in even more health conditions that require medication. Medications can have side effects. When you visit a massage therapist, ask what type of massage will work best to reduce your stress and calm your mind.
Relax the Body and Mind
Clinical trials have shown that massage therapists who use sports massage and other massage therapy techniques can effectively reduce pain, relax the body and calm the mind. As the tenseness begins to leave the muscles, the person’s mind will begin to relax as well. The benefits of therapeutic touch extend far beyond simple massage. It has been proven that touch can ease the mind and allow a person to feel more relaxed and at ease.
Mental Clarity and Improved Focus
When the body is free from pain and discomfort, the mind is able to function more efficiently. This improves mental clarity and focus. Massage therapy restores balance to both the body and the mind, allowing them to function together. Massage therapy’s ability to increase circulation provides the brain with additional oxygen making it easier to process information and respond more quickly during times of stress.
Healthcare practitioners and massage therapists are learning the importance of balance between all aspects of the body. The body functions more efficiently and the person is able to think more clearly and respond to situations with clarity and focus. Our team of professional and experienced massage therapists want to help you relax both your body and mind. Contact us today to schedule your massage appointment!