The Benefits of Massage
Massage as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. For centuries, Eastern societies have been using massage to treat various medical conditions. Over the last decade, Western medicine has begun utilizing massage at a growing rate. Massage is becoming an integral part of healthcare. Research continues to show there are numerous benefits to therapeutic touch from disease prevention, treatment of chronic disease and injuries, to alleviating the body’s response to the stresses of modern life. Touch is a natural human reaction to pain and stress. Our instinct when we hurt ourselves, hit our head or have a sore neck is to rub it. Massage creates chemical changes in the body that reduce pain and stress. Therapeutic Massage is a non-invasive, drug free, humanistic approach to aid the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
No matter what your age or fitness level, you can benefit from massage. Massage not only feels good, it’s good for you. Here are some of the benefits to receiving massage regularly:
- Increases blood circulation, by helping the body pump more oxygen and nutrients to tissues and vital organs
- Flushes out natural, unwanted toxins from the body, assisting the lymphatic system, the body’s natural defense
- Increases range of motion and joint flexibility
- Helps break up adhesions (knots) and reduce muscular tension
- Helps athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts or athletic events and helps with maintenance between workouts
- Hydrates all tissues and improves the condition of the skin
- Lessens anxiety and depression, elevates mood
- Releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller
- Aids in recovery from surgery and chronic illness
- Reduces headaches and migraines
- Reduces scar tissue and stretch marks
- Improves sleep quality
- Aids in weight loss
- Relieves symptoms of PMS
- Reduces arthritis stiffness and pain
- Can lessen medication dependency
- Shown to increase cells that fight cancer
- and many more
The benefits of bodywork are greatest when massage is a regular part of your health plan. It is not often that we find things that are good for us that feel good too! Let’s take advantage of the ones that do. Schedule your next massage today at Symmetry Chiropractic. The benefits are endless.
Cameron Warner’s Biography
Cameron grew up in Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Arcadia University with a focus in Sociology and Psychology. She worked for many years as a Residential Counselor with at risk youth who suffered from severe emotional, mental, and behavioral challenges. During this time, she obtained a neck injury, bringing her career to an unexpected halt. Part of her year-long recovery involved Myofascial Therapy, a form of therapeutic massage. For the first time, she felt relief from pain and an increase in her range of motion where medication and physical therapy had failed. It was this first-hand experience of the life changing benefits of massage that moved Cameron to begin her career as a Massage Therapist at the National Holistic Institute. While she has been trained in several modalities of massage including Swedish, Hot Stone, Myofascial Therapy, Shiatsu, Acupressure and energy work, Cameron specializes in creating a combination of firm Swedish with the therapeutic benefits of Deep Tissue and Myofascial Therapy to break up adhesions and relieve tension. Clients enjoy her deep pressure and ability to hone in on the source of their discomfort, bringing much needed relief. Cameron especially enjoys relieving tension in the upper back, neck and shoulders where many individuals carry their tension. Cameron is grateful to be able to assist others in restoring balance to the body and help improve their quality of life.
Tuesday 2:30pm – 9:00pm
Stephanie Hyde’s Biography
Stephanie was raised in Quebec, Canada and is fluent in English and French. She has also lived in Alaska, Seattle, Nantucket and now, California. After fifteen years in the service industry, her love of working with people and need to remain active drew her to massage therapy. She began her massage training in Massachusetts at the Massage Institute of Cape Cod before moving to Alameda. She chose to continue her studies at the national Holistic Institute in Emeryville. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys exploring the Bay area with her husband and 5 year old daughter, taking in all that Northern California has to offer. Throughout her schooling, Stephanie has been trained in many modalities. She offers Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Hydrofriction, Myofascial Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Triggerpoint Therapy, Acupressure and Shiatsu. Stephanie specializes in a firm, relaxing Swedish massage with steady and even pressure. Her calm, compassionate and caring personality has her clients feel at ease before they are even on the table. Stephanie remains grounded and connected with her clients throughout the massage, allowing for complete and continued relaxation. Her firm intuitive touch will melt away the tension from your body. A massage by Stephanie is stress reduction at its finest!
Fridays at 2, 3 and 4pm