Everyone Wins With Regular Massages!

Kolawole Braimah

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MASSAGE THERAPY
Did You Know……..

  • There are approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin? 3,000 in a fingertip?
  • Healthy touch of any kind can reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure?
  • Julius Caesar used massage to help his epilepsy?
  • In 1996, massage therapy/bodywork was officially offered for the first time as a core medical service in the Olympics in Atlanta?
  • Massaging and gently pulling on your ears – top, middle, and bottom of outer earlobes once per day improves your immune system?
  • The present lifestyle of too many Ghanaians guarantees lower back pain?
  • Specialized massage improves the flow of lymph through the body, relieving aches, pains, and flu-like symptoms?
  • Touch and massage stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers?
  • A 60-minute massage is about the same as 7-8 hours of sleep to your body?
  • Bob Hope,  who  lived  to  be  100,  had  daily  massage  as  part  of  his health regimen?
  • You can have a full-body massage with all of your clothes on?
  • Massage may be the oldest form of medical    Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged?
  • Massage can  be  performed  on  a  table,  a  chair,  a  couch,  a  bed,  a bench…on the entire body or just some parts, with or without oils or lotion
  • There are about 75 common massage modalities used today?

Credit: http://www.heartprintswellness.org/resources/interesting-facts-about- massage-therapy


Everyone wins with regular massages! That should be a mantra for this highly pressurized society.   People from all professions and walks  of  life-corporate, management, clerks, athletes, retailers and drivers all win with regular massages.

There is a huge demand for stress management professionals. There should also be billboards enticing you to place yourself on a massage table or throw your feet on  a  stool  to  be  effectively  kneaded on  every  other  corner  of  the  city. If  you happen  to  be  one  of  the  millions  of  overworked  stressed  out  Ghanaians  that
Frequently need rest and relaxation, you will win with regular massages.
Health Benefits
Regular  massage  therapy  sessions,  long,  intermediate  or  short,  have  so  many health benefits. It helps to detox the body, loosen up the muscles, relax the mind and uplift the spirit. Regular  massage  therapy  sessions  can  be  an  enjoyably wholesome  way  to  rehabilitate  and  maintain  your  body’s  natural  balance.   So, Schedule yourself regular massages. You work.  You deserve them.

Stress
Daily stress isn’t something that’s going to disappear with a quick fix.  It’s how you manage daily stress that counts for your health, and regular massages are a wonderful coping strategy.  Routine massages relieve chronically fatigued muscles and nagging spasms. Massages or bodywork releases the hormones serotonin and endorphins, which elevate your mood, turning a bad day into a better one. It also helps to maintain  your  health,  rehabilitate  injuries  and  improve  many chronic illnesses. Regular massages increase blood circulation all over the body.

Therapeutic massage  relieves  episodes  of  depression  and  anxiety. People with insomnia  seek  massage  therapy  services  to  aid  sleep.   Massage therapy  relieves several ergonomic and sports injuries such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back stiffness and migraine headaches.  Massages, over time, increase your joint flexibility and range of motion in all limbs of the body.

If you have any of the aforementioned stressors, you win by putting yourself in the hands of a skilled massage therapist.  A good body worker can effectively meet your  specific  needs  that  will  keep  you  healthy  while  on  a  regular  stress management routine. Most of the working or obligated, who take care of others and handle personal business, know that stress is a natural by-product.  Making and taking time to de-stress with massage is a functional compliment to your life.

Affordable
Everyone  wins  with  regular  massages  regardless  of  income  or  time  schedule. Wellness  centers  and  massage  clinics  are  readily  available  in  most  business districts.  Prices  range  from Ghs50 – Ghs250  depending  on  where you choose your  services.  However,  for  the  best Wholistic  care  it  would be  wise  to  select  a Wholistic wellness center that offers a variety of touch therapies and professional massage techniques. Massages are very affordable for everyone.

Whole Body Massage
When is the last time you have been touch in such a way that causes your entire being to relax and let go? Just the essence of therapeutic touch floods the mind and spirit with feel good hormones from head to toe. For whole body relaxation, find an hour once to twice a month. It will be well worth the time and expense. Add full  body  massages  to  your  stress  management  regimen.   Place  full  body massages on your list of personal treats that is well earned for jobs well done and time adequately spent.

Foot Massage
Many people are on their feet all day long, some with uncomfortable shoes that are structurally hazardous.  A thirty-minute foot massage once a week to twice a month is an excellent investment in your  overall  health.   Foot massages, back massages, are very affordable. A good foot massage not only relaxes your tired feet, but foot massages relax the whole body through a method of therapy known as  reflexology. There  are  nerve  endings  to  all  of  your vital organs  and  various parts of your body in the soles of your feet. With the proper stimulation during a foot massage, reflexology therapy  can  help  regenerate  organs,  move  stagnant fluids, promote detoxification and restore normal rhythms to the body.

Types of Massage

Basic Swedish is used to increase circulation, relaxation and increases body immunity.

Chair  Massage is used  in corporate environments to  relieve  head, neck  and shoulder tension. It helps to increase mental focus and reduce stress.

Cranial  Sacral  Therapy/Massage is effective to  assist  clients  with anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression, menstrual cramps and headaches.

Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular is used to treat adhesions or knots in the body, assist with physical therapy treatments by using deeper massage techniques, muscle energy techniques, Pin and Stretch, Post Isometric relaxation stretches while reciprocal inhibition is used for cramps and acute injury.

Hot/Cold Stone involves hot towel massage or hydrotherapy. Is considered a part of SPA massage? Its beneficial for deeper relaxation and to assist therapist with going deeper in the tissue without stressing the client.

Lymphatic  Drainage  Massage is used  to  assist  in  moving  fluids out  of  the lymph  system,  stimulate  the  immune  system  and  brings the  body  back  to homeostasis.

Oncology Massage is used to work with clients with a cancer diagnosis. It aids in relaxation, pain reduction and gentle touch.

Prenatal Massage/ Infant Massage is used to assist mothers with body aches during pregnancy. It assists babies in relaxation from stress from labor, relaxation from being in the world, for better sleep habits.

Reflexology involves applying gentle pressure to the reflex points in feet, hands and ears for relaxation and to stimulate healing in the body.

Shiatsu Massage uses manual pressure (fingers, thumbs, hands, knees, feet and elbows)  or compression  applied  to  pressure  points  (12  meridians  relating  to  the organs) in the body to relieve tension and pain. Shiatsu is also used for rotation and stretching of links and joints.

Sports  Massage is used for  decreasing  stress,  anxiety  and depression.  It improves sleep and assists with athletic training.

Thai  Massage is  similar  to  swedish  massage.  It  differs by  using  acupressure points in relation to energy lines in the body to provide relief to tight muscles and release tension and relieve joint pains.

Professional  therapeutic  massages  are  not  a  cure-all  for  illnesses  or  injuries  but regular  massages  can  be  the  difference  between  more  stress  or  less stress,  bad health  or  good  health,  an  excellent  healthy  source  for  managing  pain  and  a wonderful rehabilitative aid for chronic occupational injuries or repetitive motion disorders.  The benefits are many. Everyone wins with regular massages!

The LifeWellness  Wholistic  Center  provides various  therapeutic  massages  and education. They also provide offsite corporate massage and wellness at clients’ convenience. Call and schedule an appointment.

Credits: Dr. Akua Gray and Cora Dixon, complements of A Life Of Peace Journal Volume 1 Issue 3 Nadiyah Gayles (LMT), Yahweh's Hands, LLC, Denver Colorado

 



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