Improving the mind and body   

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There is much historical evidence to indicate that massages was one of the earliest remedial practices for relief of pain and for the restoration of healthy body functions. Massage is a natural and instinctive method by which minor aches and pains can be soothed away while bringing relief from nervous tension and fatigue. The effects of massage differ from one client to another depending on the needs of the individual and the goals and intensions with which the massage is administered. In addition to physical effects from massage therapy, the client may experience mental and emotional reactions. Many healthy people believe that frequent massages helps them to remain physically, mentally, and emotionally fit.  They enjoy the relaxed, refreshed, and invigorated feeling they get from a therapeutic massage. Although  massage is not a magic cure-all, it is safe and beneficial for everyone from infants to the elderly, except when there are certain contraindications. If you are under a physician's care or taking prescribed medication, consult with your doctor before receiving a massage.

Contraindication: any physical, emotional, or mental condition that may cause a particular massage treatment to be unsafe or detrimental to the client's well-being. Contraindications may be absolute, regional, or conditional. Absolute contraindication is when massage is absolutely not appropriate, such as acute conditions (just occurred or within a time period of the occurrence) or toxemia during pregnancy. Regional contraindication is when massage is prohibited to only a local part of the body, such as local contagious conditions, open wounds and arthritis, but massaging other areas is fine. Conditional contraindications requires the adjustments of specific massage techniques when there are health concerns. Certain massage techniques may cause discomfort or have adverse effects, such conditions as cancer and pregnancy. If you have a contraindication condition, please consult your physician and get a referral or recommendation for massage.

Most Frequently Relieved by Regular Massage Treatment
 Stresss and tensions; client feels better to cope with day-to-day situations
 Mental and physical fatigue; renewed energy and ambition
 Pain in the shoulder, neck, and back; feeling more comfortable
 Soreness and stiffness; muscles and joints become more supple
 Muscles soreness from overexertion can be reduced or prevented
 Circulation is improved; improving delivery of nutrients to and removal of wastes from the tissues
 Digestion, assimilation, and elimination are often improved
 Facial massage helps tone the skin, helps prevent blemished skin and softens fine lines
 Headache and eyestrain often relieved
 Deep relaxation induced and insomnia often relieved
 Relief of muscle spasms
 Obesity (overweight) and flabby muscle can be improved when combined with proper exercise, healthy eating habits, and regular massage
 Relief of pain in joints, sprains, and circulation improvement
 Increases nourishing blood to the skin and other parts of the body to encourage healing
 Reduces mental strain, resulting in better productivity
 Mildly high blood pressure is temporarliy reduced
 Renewed sense of confidence and control is experienced
 Constrictions and adhesions can be reduced or prevented as traumatized muscel tissue heals
 Joint mobility can be increased
Benefits of Massage to Persons with Cancer
 Provides some pain relief or control
 Reduces nausea
 Improves digestion and elimination
 Relieves stress
 Helps insomnia
 Reduces anxiety
 Provides some relief from depression
 Provides some relief from muscle tension and spasms
 Helps improve flexibility
 Helps restore range of motion
 Improves lymph movement and reduces edema
 Increases body awareness
 Restores positive body image
 Enhances self-esteem
 Improves outlook on life
 Improves quality of life
 Boosts the healing process
 Promotes health
 Feels good at a time when lots of things feel bad
Contraindications for Massage
 Abnormal body temperature
 Acute infectious disease
 Acute Inflammation
 Phlebitis
 Thrombophlebitis
 Embolus
 Acute hematoma
 Edema
 Lymphedema
 Hypotension
 Severe Hypertension
 Cancer
 Intoxication
 Toxemia or pre-eclampsia
 Contagious conditions