Benefits of Massage
Reduces Chronic Pain
Deep-tissue massage is one of the most effective and affordable ways of reducing chronic pain. Deep-tissue massage increases the flow of blood through the body, which will help diminish the inflammation that causes pain. Deep-tissue massage can also help alleviate muscle tension, which is often a side-affect of chronic pain, by loosening adhesions (a.k.a., knots).
Improves Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that deep-tissue massage can have an immediate affect on lowering blood pressure levels (both systolic and diastolic). It does this simply by easing stress and tension in the body. Deep-tissue massage has also shown to increase the body's production of serotonin, a hormone that promotes peace of mind and happiness.
Breaks Up Scar Tissue
Over a length of time, deep-tissue massage can help break up and eventually eradicate scar tissue in the muscles. It accomplishes this by improving lymphatic circulation and drainage to generate extra flexibility and range of motion in the problem area. Scar tissue often accompanies chronic pain and stiffness, so deep-tissue massage can help lessen these symptoms.
Rehabilitates Injured Muscles
Deep-tissue massage helps draw toxins out of the muscles and eases adhesions, which promotes healing in the body. Massage helps relax muscles, which will free up deep pain from injuries. Deep-tissue massage is often utilized to rehabilitate sports, automobile and accidental injuries.
Improves Lymphatic Circulation
Swedish massage helps to stimulate the lymph system by relaxing your muscles. The function of your lymph system is to circulate nutrient-filled fluids and waste around your body. Massage will improve this circulation because the movement of lymphatic fluid is dependent on voluntary muscle movements. As the therapist relaxes the muscles the lymph system will have the ability to flush out all of the metabolic waste from the muscles. This will help you to heal faster.
Relieves Debilitating Joint Disorders
Swedish massage can also be used as a routine therapy for people who suffer from any type of joint disorder that causes them pain. Swedish massage works to increase tissue elasticity, joint flexibility, and to reduce pain. After a Swedish massage many of these people will find that they are able to move their joints more than before and with little or no accompanying pain.
Relieves Everyday Stress
While a Swedish massage can be utilized to help people who suffer from physical health conditions, it can also be a great treatment for those who are troubled by everyday emotional stress. There are many things in our lives that can cause us to worry and be stressed out. The more that we stress, the more our muscles tense up and it can become increasingly difficult to relax them.
By releasing built-up tension and stress, Swedish massage can better maintain a balance within your body. This will most often lead to better sleep. With regular, sound sleep your mind will be able to rest and your immune system will be fit to contribute to your health in general.
Deep Tissue Without Discomfort
If you’re in need of deep tissue work, but don’t want the discomfort that comes with pointy elbows and thumbs, then Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy® is the treatment for you. Gravity enables your therapist to deliver deeper pressure than with hands-on, so you’ll enjoy the same extra range of movement and chronic tension relief without having to endure painful strokes.
Frees Up Bundled Nerves
Ashiatsu compression movements along the paraspinals and the lumbar region can relieve muscle spasm and open the intervertebral foramen (where spinal nerves pass through). It will give the nerves more space as well as increase circulation by bringing more freshly oxygenated blood to the area being treated.
Stretches The Spine
Many of Ashiatsu strokes help to elongate the spine. These movements dramatically stretch the shortened muscles, relieving any discomfort. These strokes also help the body’s lymphatic system release toxins at a very high rate, which is why it is important to drink lots of water before and after a treatment.
Improves Body Posture
After a few treatments, Ashiatsu will help improve your posture and movement, will relieve most if not all chronic pain, improve bodily functions and create a higher sense of balance within the body. Typically, one treatment a week for upwards of six weeks will produce these kinds of results.
Ashi-Thai massage works in a similar way to regular yoga poses. As participants hold a pose, blood slows to targeted areas. When the therapist releases the pose, fresh circulation rushes back into the area. Twisting and inverted Ashi-Thai massage positions are particularly effective in refreshing circulation.
Release of Mental and Emotional Stress
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health, or SAMHSA, division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, lists both yoga and massage therapy as alternative approaches to mental health care. In Ashi-Thai massage, as well as other massage modalities, the release of emotional or mental stress occurs through the manipulation of muscles. Ashi-Thai massage also incorporates meditation through controlled breathing, which can help participants manage emotional stress and negative feelings.
Boosted Immune System
Clients can improve their immune system functions through Ashi-Thai massage by invigorating the nervous system and releasing toxins through improved circulation. Stimulating the immune system will help increase your resistance to diseases.
The heat from the hot stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the therapist will still be able to penetrate deep into the tissues. In combination with deep-tissue, Swedish, and Asiatsu techniques, there’s no muscular problem this massage won’t address.
While all types of massage can help relieve pain caused by tense muscles, stiff joints or injuries, a Fusion massage may provide greater relief due to its intense nature. The incorporation of heat from the hot stones, deep relaxing strokes of Ashiatsu and the targeting of specific areas with the hands and fingers, will leave your body completely renewed and refreshed.
The heat from the stones penetrates deeply into your body tissues, which will enable the blood vessels to open and circulation to improve. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, which tenses the muscles, creating a buildup of Cortisol and lactic acid in the muscles. Increased circulation brings more oxygen to the muscles, which can help alleviate soreness.
Massage therapy can offer mental benefits as well as physical ones. You may find that the relaxation afforded to you from a Fusion massage helps ease some of your mental stress and tension. A Fusion massage may also help you combat some of the symptoms of anxiety disorders and depression. Massage therapy is not a substitute for traditional medical or psychiatric care, but it can be an integral part of your treatment plan.