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Tired, sore and stressed out?
Most people would agree a massage makes them feel good. But many probably don’t realise exactly how good a regular massage is for their overall health. How about if they knew massage could improve performance, aid recovery, prevent and eliminate injuries, reduce stress and even enhance metabolism and circulation!
With so many alternative health treatments available it’s little wonder people get confused about where to go when they’re not feeling the best. But, while new health therapies continue to emerge, think about this the Chinese began using massage to heal the human body as long ago as 5,000BC and it’s still being used today. Now there has to be something to be said for that.
Massage Therapy for Health and Fitness
It may simply look like a lot of pressing and kneading on skin, but massage is actually a scientific process. The reason you feel different after a massage is because it is healing and invigorating tired, aching or injured muscles. Massage increases blood land lymph circulation. Lymph is a fluid that rids body tissues of waste, is dependent on the squeezing effect of muscles. An active person has better lymph flow than an inactive person. However, stimulation from vigorous activity can lead to increased waste, which can negate the benefit. This is where massage has a huge advantage. Massage can dramatically aid lymph movement, which together with blood, supplies nutrients and oxygen and rids wastes and toxins. It is easy to understand why good circulation is so important to our health and why massage can be so beneficial just for this purpose.
Massage and Sport
Massage plays a part in every form of sport or exercise. Unfortunately, many people believe aches and pains are an inevitable consequence to activity. But massage can actually reduce or eliminate what may appear to be exercise-induced pain.
It can increase endurance, control fatigue and help people feel better when used as part of a regular health program. Massage can also speed muscle recovery rates as it eliminates irritation from waste. By helping reduce fatigue and aid recovery, massage enables more productive training, with longer, more effective workouts. The ultimate spin-offs are better performance with fewer injuries. Exercise changes the way our muscles work. Blood vessels become more intricate as the body demands more oxygen and nutrients and increases waste elimination. This takes time. While the muscles are getting into shape, they can struggle to get enough oxygen and nutrients, so waste collects.
Massage and Injuries
Massage also helps recovery from soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. Tissue growth and repair is accelerated by efficient circulation and appropriate stimulation. Everybody experiences some form of stress through work, family, the environment and society. Mental tensions, frustrations, and insecurity cause the most damage. Hormones released by stress actually shrink the vessels, inhibiting circulation. A stressed mind and body means the heart works harder. Breathing becomes rapid and shallow and digestion slows. Nearly every body process is degraded. Studies show stress can cause migraines, hypertension (high blood pressure), depression, some peptic ulcers, etc. In fact, researchers have estimated 80% of disease is stress related. Soothing and relaxing massage therapy can counteract the effects of stress.
What Injuries can Massage Treat?
- Headaches & migraines
- Frozen shoulder
- Sore shoulder and neck
- Back pain & sciatica
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- Sprains, strains and tears
- Over-use injuries
- Shin splints
Massage Benefits the Elderly
Massage knows no age limits. It works wonders on young, old, and in between. It can be especially helpful to the elderly who are experiencing the physical effects of aging which can include: thinner and drier skin, reduced tissue elasticity, loss of mobility, slower nervous system response, decreased bone mass, sleeplessness, constipation, and a less efficient immune system.
Massage helps keep the body and mind functioning optimally by promoting well nourished and healthy skin, improving circulation of blood and lymph, improving immune system functioning, improving energy flow, enhancing general relaxation, reducing muscular tension and associated discomfort, reducing anxiety, improving sleep, increasing feelings of well-being, enhancing flexibility and strength, increasing range of motion in joints, reducing discomfort from arthritis.
Massage has so many other benefits
- Increase the blood’s oxygen capacity by 10-15%
- Help loosen contracted, shortened muscles and stimulate weak, flaccid muscles. This muscle “balancing” can even help
- posture and promote more efficient movement;
- Speed recovery from exercise-induced fatigue;
- Increase production of gastric juices, saliva and urine;
- Increase excretion of nitrogen, inorganic phosphorus, and sodium chloride (salt). This suggests that the metabolic rate increases;
- Balance the nervous system by soothing or stimulating it, depending on which effect is needed;
- Improves function of the oil and sweat glands that lubricate, clean and cool the skin. Though, inflexible skin can become softer and more supple;
- Indirectly or directly stimulating nerves the supply internal organs can dilate the organs’ blood vessels, improving blood supply.
Hello, my name is Nicole Schroepfer and I have recently moved to the Wisconsin Rapids area. I have been working in massage for the last 11 years and love every minute of it. From Physical Therapy departments to spas and private practice, I’m always learning new things to add to my bag of massage tricks.I specialize in therapeutic massage, Myofascial release and relaxation based techniques. I have also been certified in Arthrosage, a course that taught me techniques to work with arthritic clients.
I graduated from East-West Healing Arts Institute in Madison WI in 2003, became Nationally Certified and eventually moved to Eureka CA where I have spent the last 7 years in a private practice. I am so happy to be back in WI where my family and heart resides, and am eager to begin this new massage journey.
Thank you for your time and hope to see you soon.
Come in and receive $10 off your first massage!
To schedule your massage please call Nicole at 715.254.2116 or email her today!
Known to some of his clients as “the witch doctor”, Scott has a passion for pain – and eliminating it.
Scott is a licensed massage therapist, and utilizes a blend of body work techniques, based on an Eastern sports medicine modality. Scott is grateful to be one of only a handful of practitioners in the U.S. offering this technique.
While his real passion is sports and sports related injuries, Scott’s mission is to help everyone experience what true health and physical harmony feels like.
When asked to describe exactly what he does, he can most easily sum up his skill set in one simple statement: “I like to think that I reverse engineer injuries.
To schedule your massage please call Scott at (608) 347-4930 or email him today!
Hey massage fans! I’m Andrea Mora, Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Drea Massage and Bodywork, LLC. I have been practicing massage for 3 years and have loved every moment of it. Deemed a “hippie” by my family and friends, I enjoy all things related to natural healing. I incorporate various techniques of massage into each session, ensuring your session is customized and therapeutic. I also include the use of essential oils into my massage practice to help with the healing and nurturing of the mind, body and spirit. Come on in, get comfy on my table, and enjoy all massage therapy has to offer you! Loyalty and first time client specials are available!
To schedule your massage please call Andrea at (715) 321-6672 or email her today!