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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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