Last week I talked about how regular massage therapy can help with stress, and this week, I’m going to talk about how regular massage therapy can help you on a whole level.
Massage therapy has been clinically proven to not only reduce stress levels, but even help with aches and pains that we all experience at one time or another as well as conditions such as depression. At Royal Oak Massage, I specialize in primarily deep tissue massage and the purpose of this work is to realign the deeper layers of fascial tissue and muscles, where a lot of underlying issues and problems can lead to chronic pain. These adhesions, or “knots” as they are generally known, occurs when repeated stress (too much working out, not enough stretching out, too much time sitting at a desk hunched over a keyboard not enough time opening up your chest after work) start to form these tight, rigid bands of inflexible muscles. When I was in massage school at Irene’s Myomassology Institute my friend and I would frequently compare the knots in our backs and necks to pasta noodles. My neck might be like fettuccine but my back was more akin to stuffed shells 😉
Massage isn’t just good for busting up those chronic knots, but with some of the newer techniques I’ve been doing, such as Lokte Method, it is incredibly effective at doing just that as well as increasing range of motion with those pesky shoulder issues you’ve been having, and plantar fasciitis (more on that in a later blog post). It can promote a more restful sleep (just ask my weekly client that typically falls asleep on the table 10 minutes into his session), increase relaxation, increase circulation, help to decrease cortisol levels (which can trigger stress), increase pain relief and more. Take some time out for yourself, your body will thank you.
In good hands,
Rebecca Tamm, LMT