Why Choose Massage Therapy? A guest blog post by Maija Enns
Massage therapy calms the nervous system.
It uses techniques that can reduce, or if needed, increase the stimulation of the muscles. The end result is reduced muscular contraction.
Massage therapy reduces pain.
It works with the nervous system by activating receptors in our skin that sense pressure, temperature and movement. If the activation of these receptors is great enough, they can block the activation of pain receptors. Mothers often demonstrate this by rubbing their child’s boo-boo.
Massage therapy flushes our body’s transport systems.
Our circulatory and lymphatic systems are essential in maintaining a balance in the body’s internal environment. Our circulatory system delivers oxygen and nutrients needed to feed our cells. Our lymphatic system acts as a filter to remove bacteria and other harmful cells from our blood stream.
Massage therapy generates heat.
Heat reduces the viscosity of connective tissue – the most abundant and widely dispersed tissue in the body. Connective tissue binds, supports and strengthens other body tissues, insulates and protects internal organs, compartmentalizes skeletal muscles, and is the major transport system within our body (blood is a fluid connective tissue). Reduced viscosity allows tissue like muscle to move more freely and blood to flow more readily.
Massage therapy increases metabolism.
This does not mean that you will lose five pounds after a full body Swedish massage – instead the chemical reactions our cells need to perform their daily activities will increase. Increased cellular activity equals increased ability for cells to grow, reproduce and repair.
Above are just a few of the diverse functions massage therapy can perform. So why choose massage therapy? Pick a reason and feel better!
Maija Enns – Physique Massage Intern
As a soon-to-be graduate of Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies, Inc I am completing my practicum at Physique Massage Therapy during the month of June. My education from Wellington College has focused on providing me with the skills to assess and treat musculoskeletal dysfunctions. In addition, I am well versed in traditional Swedish and hot stone massage. Before attending Wellington College I graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Winnipeg with a focus on social psychology; the study of how our social environment influences our thoughts and behaviors. Studying massage therapy has been a truly rewarding experience that I hope to apply to make a positive difference in the lives of those I treat.