Experts estimate that upwards of (90%) ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues.
"Taking medication for high blood pressure: receiving massage therapy has been connected to decreased blood pressure, thereby boosting general fitness;
an amateur bodybuilder, who is in the gym six days a week lifting heavy weights and doing quite a few cardio sessions. Rotator cuff: overuse injuries, where the muscles or joints may be damaged or worn down through repetitive movements; for example, when performing pull-ups several times a week for months or even years on end.
Rotator cuff issues can be associated with such repetitive movements. Massage therapy can be a big benefit to clients who are engaged in vigorous and repetitive fitness pursuits over long periods of time. Massage can help when used on a regular basis, because it can heal and rejuvenate muscles and joints, thereby working to balance out all the hard work her body is being put through during such intense fitness sessions." --- Massage Magazine
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
1. Everything in the body is linked, says sports-movement guru Gray Cook: “You can’t remove a major link from the chain without seriously impeding performance.” Our joints, limbs, and muscles represent a collection of fascially bound structures designed to manipulate objects and propel us through three-dimensional space. Because all segments of the kinetic chain require differing degrees of mobility and stability, it is essential that we assess all major junctions independently. -------------------------------------------------------
2. The Problem
T-spine hypomobility has become so commonly accepted in our society that people rarely notice they have a problem. Nearly everyone slumps when sitting, and few perform the types of exercises that require a full range of spinal motion. Those who spend hours at computers sacrifice t-spine mobility for stability, as joint and ligament proprioceptors designed to inform the brain where it is in space become lazy. Conversation between body and brain grows difficult and unreliable.