Accidents, repetitive actions, and everyday stresses can lead to tension and pain in our bodies, restricting both our movements and activities. Massage is both a gentle and effective therapy for relieving discomfort and getting our lives back to normal.
Massage is often thought of as a luxury and a “special treat” reserved for elite spas. In actuality, therapeutic massage keeps healthy bodies strong and flexible and aids compromised bodies in regaining ease of movement. Overall, it decreases muscle tension, increases circulation, and calms the nervous system. The result is a cascade of physical and mental benefits that can help alleviate a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Stress = Relieving stress gives you more energy, improves your outlook and has even been shown to reduce the likelihood of injury and illness.
- Tight and painful muscles = Massage works gently on the nervous system, sending messages to muscles throughout the body to let go and relax.
- Post-exercise soreness = Vigorous exercise can release waste products in the body as well as cause microscopic muscle tears. Massage helps cleanse tissues of irritating waste and brings in oxygen to speed recovery.
- Injuries = Massage helps reduce swelling and inflammation by helping to remove wastes and by carrying healing nutrition to injured cells.
- Secondary pain = Massage can relieve secondary pain such as headaches from eyestrain and backaches during pregnancy.
- Fluid retention = Massage increases circulation and helps drain tissues of excess fluid accumulation.
Healing Arts Center offers a variety of clinical massage choices, including deep tissue, Swedish, sports massage, trigger point therapy, lymphatic, oncology, hot stone, and pregnancy.
Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on healing technique based in osteopathy and developed by Dr. John Upledger in the 1970s. During a craniosacral session, the practitioner applies gentle touch to the base of the spine and skull. This releases tension in the areas where the nerves that promote calm, healing, and digestion are located, in turn relaxing other areas along the spine where the stress response is stimulated. Scientific evidence demonstrates that this technique relieves pain, stress, and tension and promotes healing. Relief of tension throughout the spine allows the body to do its work with fewer disruptions and more positive results.
One-hour sessions are recommended.
Healthy Movement Therapy
Healthy Movement is a therapeutic process which uses movement patterns and breath to retrain the body to do normal, everyday activities with less stress and tension. This process has roots in both yoga and dance therapy and incorporates aspects of each into simple movement patterns like walking, climbing stairs, or changing positions. Generally, the way we move becomes automatic after childhood. With injury, trauma, imbalance, illness, or just a lifetime of moving we tend to adopt irregular patterns that increase or prolong stress or tension in muscles and joints. Healthy Movement can retrain our bodies to move in healthier ways, restoring natural function and ease in daily activities, freeing our energies for other parts of life. Group sessions or individual therapy is available.