Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Unfortunately there are many people who consider massage just self indulgence but this couldn't be more wrong
DEAL WITH THAT PAIN
Many people live with chronic pain, stress or tension. This pain is often caused by trigger points in the muscle or restricted fascia. Clinical and deep tissue massage acts on these trigger points and to relieve restricted fascia. The benefits can often be felt after just one session. These trigger points are often caused by daily life, perhaps you are in an office sitting for long periods of time, or perhaps your job involves a repetitive movement, for example computer work, building, gardening, roofing...the list goes on. Many sports require a repetitive movement too. Three to six weekly sessions deals with most pain. and once the pain is gone, it can be kept at bay by monthly massage treatments. This of course is a preferable, healthier and more holistic way to deal with pain rather than reaching for prescription or over the counter drugs, which only mask the symptoms but do not deal with the cause.
WE ARE ALL STRESSED!
Nowadays we live in an ongoing state of tiredness, stress and tension, all which are extremely damaging to our health. Our body cannot differentiate between different types of stress, so it deals with all stress in the same way. Our body goes in to survival mode and all our systems slow down, including our immune system. That feeling of being run down and is a sure sign as we start to catch colds or any illness going around. Our body struggles to cope with the constant bombardment of pathogens it faces every day. Massage not only deals with physical pain and tension in the muscles, it allows our body to take "time-out" and for the brain and bodily systems to recuperate from ongoing stress. The bodywork and human touch had a profound effect on relaxation and is a natural way to regulate hormone and stress levels, thus improving our over all health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally. Massage has been connected to increased delta waves in the brain which result in a deeper, more restful sleep. Studies have demonstrated that human touch has incredible qualities to calm the nervous system, steady the mind, decrease the heart rate, and lower the respiratory rate. As well as giving our body systems a chance to recover from stresses of daily life it assists in inducing the release of important neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. The biologic and physiologic effects of human touch can be profound. The physiologic changes that accompany the human touch are thought to be related to an exchange of energy in the form of electrons.
Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together. It is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue found between the layers of muscle fibres, between muscles, around organs and connected in a web throughout the entire body.
Many people hold stress in their muscles, causing the muscles to become contracted or inhibited. It is believed that fascia can create tight knots or adhesions that act as trigger points, constrict muscles, and decrease blood supply, causing pain and decreased range of motion. Massage therapists can help with a technique called Myofascial Release that uses sustained pressure to loosen and lengthen constricted fascia. It breaks down adhesions between the tissues and softens and re-aligns them, freeing up muscles and allowing easier and more effective movement. Myofascial Release can improve posture, ease areas of muscle tension and improve flexibility.
Movement and massage therapy play an important role in keeping connective tissue hydrated and mobile. When we are in similar postures for prolonged periods of time, such as sitting and working at a desk or on a computer, our bodies adapt to support these positions, and the fascia become tight if we do not undertake compensating movement or therapies.