Massage therapy is a term that encompasses a variety of techniques that a massage therapist uses to manipulate the body’s soft tissues such as the muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints. In most cases, a massage therapist will use their hands and fingers to perform a massage but they may also use their forearms, elbows or even their feet.
Massage therapy provides natural and effective relief from ailments. It improves your overall health and well-being. Here are a few of the many benefits you will receive from massage therapy:
When you are stressed, your body becomes tense and a stress hormone called cortisol is produced in large amounts. This stress hormone may contribute to weight gain, sleep deprivation, digestive issues and other health-threatening conditions. Massage therapy can successfully be used to bring cortisol levels down by causing the body to relax.
Relief of aches and pains
If you’ve been suffering from aches and pain all over your body, massage therapy may be able to help. A massage will target the source of the pain by loosening tight muscles and increasing flexibility. Massages promote better blood circulation and when blood flow is improved, more oxygen and nutrients will be taken to damaged cells. During a massage therapy session, your body will release endorphins as well. Endorphins are chemicals that act like drugs, such as morphine. When these chemicals interact with the receptors in your brain they lessen your sensitivity to pain.
In addition to fighting pain, endorphins trigger feelings of happiness and well-being. Massages encourage the release of serotonin and dopamine, hormones which also contribute to improving your mood. This means there are immense benefits to be found in massage therapy, for people who suffer from anxiety and depression.
One of the primary causes of back, neck and muscle pain is poor posture. Massage therapy can be used to improve your posture by allowing your body to realign. When your muscles relax and loosen, your body will position itself in the correct and natural way.
Strengthened immune system
Research has shown a correlation between stress and vulnerability to sickness. Stress and the havoc it wreaks on the body significantly reduces the ability of your immune system to ward off infections, bacteria and other microorganisms that make you sick. Massage therapy leads to increased white blood cell production and improves your body’s ability to properly transport the nourishment it needs to perform its many functions.
Searching for a registered massage therapist in Burnaby?
Massage therapy is a highly regulated field in British Columbia, and for good reason. Receiving a massage from someone who has not undergone the required training may result in serious injuries.
When you visit Pacific Health and Sports Therapy, you can rest assured that you will be treated by a highly trained and skilled professional, with extensive experience performing a range of massage therapy techniques. We are here for your convenience and try our best to fit into your busy schedule. We offer 24/7 online booking, flexible appointment lengths, as well as appointments before or after work. We are also open on weekends.
Do you want to overcome injury or do you simply want to take advantage of the preventative healthcare benefits massage therapy provides? Whatever your needs are, we will conduct a thorough assessment to provide you with a plan of action and a treatment strategy that aligns well with your goals.
So, if you are ready to feel your best, book an appointment with our registered massage therapist today.