The Benefits of Massage
The skin is the body’s largest organ. Because touch is the first of the five senses we develop in uterus, it becomes a primary mode of communication and defines how we relate to the world around us. Massage brings touch back into focus as a key part of our physical well being, these are many of the benefits you can experience in your session.
Massage is not performed while experiencing these symptoms:
• Acute infections
• Deep vein thrombosis
• Unstable high blood pressure
• Contagious conditions
• Patient within 48-72 hours of moderate to severe trauma (car accident, falls, etc.)
Massage is not performed on areas of:
• Acute inflammation
• Broken skin
Massage modification will be required with:
• Pregnancy (not performed in the first trimester)
• Heart Disease
• Chronic Fatigue
• Chondramalacia patella
• Any systemic condition
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The Effects of Stress
Early Warning Signs of Stress:
- Sleep Disturbances
- Difficulty in Concentrating
- Short Temper
- Upset Stomach
- Job Dissatisfaction
- Low Morale
The following describes the link between disease and stress and is found on the American Institute of Stress (AIS) website, www.stress.org:
"Many of these effects are due to increased sympathetic nervous system activity and an outpouring of adrenaline, cortisol and other stress-related hormones. Certain types of chronic and more insidious stress due to loneliness, poverty, bereavement, depression and frustration due to discrimination are associated with impaired immune system resistance to viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and cancer. Stress can have effects on other hormones, brain neurotransmitters, additional small chemical messengers elsewhere, prostaglandins, as well as crucial enzyme systems, and metabolic activities that are still unknown. Research in these areas may help to explain how stress can contribute to depression, anxiety and its diverse effects on the gastrointestinal tract, skin and other organs."
Joan Borysenko, a medical scientist and co-founder of the Mind/Body Clinic at Harvard Medical school has been quoted as saying (Borysenko,
1999 as cited in Parker, 2006)…
"Often times people are stressed in our culture. Stress-related disorders make up between 80-and-90 percent of the ailments that bring people to family-practice physicians. What they require is someone to listen, someone to touch them, someone to care. That does not exist in modern medicine. One of the complaints heard frequently is that physicians don't touch their patients any more. Touch just isn't there. Years ago massage was a big part of nursing. There was so much
care, so much touch, so much goodness conveyed through massage. Now nurses for the most part are as busy as physicians. They're writing charts, dealing with insurance notes, they're doing procedures and often there is no room for massage any more. I believe massage therapy
is absolutely key in the healing process not only in the hospital environment but because it relieves stress, it is obviously foundational in the healing process any time and anywhere."