Massage is for more than just relaxation; although a good massage can be pretty relaxing. Let's cover some of the lesser known benefits of massage:
- Massage has been proven to increase circulation.
Proper circulation allows the distribution of blood, oxygen and white blood cells throughout the body.
- Massage has been proven to increase lymphatic flow and aid in edema recovery.
The lymphatic system is considered to be a part of the immune system and it transports the fluid (lymph) throughout the body. Lymph carries very important cells (white blood cells) that help to fight off infection. The lymphatic system also helps to detox the body by filtering out toxins and other waste products.
- Massage can help with anxiety, depression and stress.
Some studies have shown that massage can help to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) and increase levels of endorphins (feel good hormones) and neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin which have all been shown to increase mood.
- Massage can help to decrease muscle tension and improve the elasticity and pliability of muscle and fascial tissue (connective tissue surrounding/ supporting muscles and organs). This in turn can help to improve mobility restrictions, restore proper function of the myofascia (muscle/ fascial tissue) and aid in decreasing pain and disfunction.
- Massage can help to decrease levels of pain. Adhesions and other restrictions in the tissue can impinge upon nerves and reduce joint mobility, which can all lead to pain. Certain techniques commonly utilized by Medical/ Sport based Massage Therapists such as: Neuromuscular Therapy (Trigger Point Therapy), Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Techniques, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Corrective Stretching and Pumping have been shown be very effective in the treatment of pain and disfunction. Combine that with the aforementioned increased circulation, lymphatic flow, decreased cortisol levels, increased feel good endorphins and neurotransmitters and you have a hearty recipe for pain relief.
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Chris Molinet grew up in Long Island. He spent the first 20 years of his career as an auto mechanic working for his father in their family business in Baldwin, NY. After a period of his life left him searching for more fulfillment in both his professional and personal life Chris discovered the healing arts. This discovery revealed the path towards fulfillment that he was searching for. He graduated from New York College of Health Professions and received his license in massage therapy. During his studies he was trained in Swedish massage, Amma therapy, Thai massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, Sports massage among many other modalities. Following that Chris began his training in the John F Barnes Myofascial Release Approach with John Barnes. He is continually learning and studying to expand his craft. Chris’ discovery of the healing arts also led him to the arts of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, mindfulness and meditation. These arts greatly influence the way that he treat and works with clients bringing a mind, body, spirit approach to the treatments.
Ed DiPasquale is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, and Black Belt in Lohan Chuan Kung Fu studying Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Meditation under Sifu Gregg Zilb since 2012.
After receiving an injury to his knee and receiving surgery, a passion for health and wellness was ignited. During his recovery period, he learned to respect his body and wanted to share his knowledge of fitness and nutrition while helping to facilitate healing in others. His knowledge of Qi Gong and Chinese Martial Arts gave a deep appreciation for Chinese Medicine and led to the incorporation of Asian Body work and Breathing Work, which is incorporated in his treatments.