Brian Whiteley, Licensed Massage Therapist
You may be well aware of the obvious benefits of massage – relaxation and tension release. But did you know that regular massage can help relieve muscle discomfort associated with work stresses, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes? It can also greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning after injury. Massage improves circulation and assists in removal of metabolic waste from the muscles. Flexibility is increased, and many people report other important benefits such as better sleep, clearer thinking, and feelings of well-being.
Massage does this in several ways. Through techniques which manipulate the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, fascia), changes can be achieved in body functioning. Massage also works at the more intangible level of energy. Whenever we receive massage, or any other touch therapy, there is an energy exchange. This energy is sometimes even more important to our healing process than the mechanics of a treatment. Think about how a parent calms a baby by stroking, or how your hand instinctively presses on the pain when you bruise yourself. We all use touch to transmit healing energy. This aspect of massage can be especially beneficial when we are feeling energy-depleted or negative.
The greatest benefits of massage are achieved when you do it regularly. It is important to find a therapist whose methods work for you. There are many massage modalities, and all of them work well for different people and different issues. Some types of massage we offer at Balance Point Spa are Swedish, shiatsu, sports, therapeutic stretching, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, cranial-sacral therapy, pregnancy massage, and reflexology. We customize your massage to address what you need, and can talk with you about what type of ongoing program would best benefit you. You deserve the benefits massage brings to your life.
Brian Whiteley is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and owner of Balance Point Spa – where you can find your place of balance through mind and body treatments customized for you.