How Massage is good for our Skin
The function of our skin is specifically designed to protect the structures underneath. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It regulates temperature (sweat cools us) and detects sensations such as: pain, temperature, pressure, touch and produces Vitamin D. Stroking movements and friction stimulates blood circulation to the skin and enhances the activity of the sweat and sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands produce oil called sebum which helps to moisturise the skin.
The enhanced blood flow causes a slight warming and reddening of the skin and thus the skin colour is enhanced. Nutrition to the skin is also improved. Skin will become more supple, softer and of finer texture and elasticity is improved over time. The effects of scarring can thus be reduced.
How Massage assists with Cellulite
Every individual has a certain amount of body fat which is an important feature of our body as it is one of the main sources of energy that allows us to function and without it we would find it very difficult to remain active for a sustained period of time. Cellulite is a condition, that is found mainly in women where fat tissues becomes lumpy and hard and is often quite difficult to remove. It can be found mainly on the hips, outer thighs, buttocks, midriff, abdomen and the back of the arms. In men it can be found evenly distributed around the waist. Massage is able to assist reduce both normal adipose tissue and cellulite.
Deep tissue massage is effective as it improves the flow of blood to the muscles, breaking down scar tissue and adhesions surrounding the fat and fluid pockets, gently soothing the area by relieving tension, and breaking down the toxins stored inside the cellulite.
Cellulite massage provides the benefits of the lymphatic massage, with a more targeted attack on the cellulite under the skin.
Individuals that suffer from fibromyalgia live in pain, with some instances being more severe than others but there is an ongoing, constant, uninterrupted body wide ache. This is a conditions for life and massage treatments concentrate on discovering ways to manage the disorder so that you may lead as normal a life as possible.
Massage is an effective treatment as it can be utilised to relax and calm the client with the added benefit of flushing out toxins in the body.
All of our massage treatments with individuals suffering from fibromyalgia are conducted within the pain tolerance of the individual. If an individual can be pain free, even for a short period of time after each massage session then he/she will feel more able to regain control of his/her own healing process which is the most important step toward recovery.
Working With Chronic Illness
Chronic health conditions are becoming the 'norm' today. So called lifestyle illnesses are becoming more commonplace due to a range of risk or predisposing factors. Apart from age, gender and genetics these factors are personal lifestyle, the environment and stress. Massage therapy plays an important supportive role in assisting people with managing at least some of those aspects i.e. stress, disturbed sleep, discomfort and pain. People turn to massage therapy for: Support, Companionship, Escape and Symptom Relief.
Massage therapy does not replace medical care but it is gaining ground as a recognised and beneficial complimentary health care modality as we are entering a new era. Neuro-immune conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis, autism, lyme's disease and others are known as 'invisible diseases'. These illnesses are the result of acquired dysfunction of both the immune system and the nervous system, affected by daily physical, chemical and environmental stressors.
Touch is a basic human need. It is an action that validates life and gives hope to both the receiver and the giver. The healing of touch is reciprocal. Dealing with a life threatening illness is both a destination and journey. Medicine is concerned with the quality of the destination. Massage is concerned with the quality of the journey.
Massage is a 'shared' experience especially concerning things that are unspoken, only felt. Our body's age, get sick, bend, break, mend, break and heal over and over then finally give out altogether. But remember that our body's ability to adapt to adversity and the strength of our spirit shines through the weakened body.
Using your hands in massage therapy and spending a lot of 'intimate' time with the tissues, holding the head and massaging the arm has an intense and more affecting experience of illness. Our body's limits, frailties and triumphs is a reminder of how badly things can go wrong. Massage can bring out the best of our patience, wisdom and strength.
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