• Rachel Kloiber

Why try massage?

Updated: May 5

Generally, people use massage for either general relaxation and well-being, or to address a specific complaint, such as pain or limited range of motion. Research suggests massage therapy may contribute to both goals.

Some of the general benefits of massage therapy may include:

Physical relaxation

Improved circulation, which nourishes cells and improves waste elimination

Relief for tight muscles (knots) and other aches and pains

Release of nerve compression (carpel tunnel, sciatica)

Greater flexibility and range of motion

Enhanced energy and vitality

Some clinical styles may help heal scar tissue as well as tendon, ligament, and muscle tears

What specific conditions can massage therapy help?

Massage therapy may help the body in many ways. Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and improved function.

Massage therapy may also improve circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products. These circulatory effects of massage may have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema (an excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues, which may be reduced using manual lymph drainage).

Massage therapy is also thought to induce a relaxation response, which lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; boosts the immune system; and generally decreases the physical effects of stress.

These effects suggest that massage may be helpful for a wide range of conditions. Some of these are listed below.

Decreases pain

Carpal tunnel

Sciatica

Tension headaches

Whiplash

Scoliosis

Torticollis

Tendon and muscle tears

Thoracic outlet syndrome

Varicose veins

Pregnancy-related back pain and other discomfort

Myofascial pain

Sore or overused muscles (prevents and treats)

Muscle injury (offers rehabilitation)

Gout

Rheumatoid arthritis

Osteoarthritis

Muscular dystrophies

Raynaud's Disease

Diabetes

Hypertension and congestive heart failure

Reduces risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases

Improved mood

Reduced anxiety

Lower stress levels

Lessening of depression

Reduced anger and aggression

Improved sleep patterns and decreased sleep disturbance

Reduced fatigue

Enhances immune system

Improves athletic performance and enhances recovery


Interested in checking out the types of massage offered at Divine Spark in Richmond VA? Check out our menu of services and book online.



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The massage, Thai massage and Reiki energy healing modalities offered at Divine Spark assist in facilitating access to a person’s internal resources to assist him/her in solving problems, reducing pain, recovering from injuries, relieving fatigue, reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, relieving depression, increasing motivation, relieving insomnia, improving quality of life, improving overall physical vitality or altering behavior patterns to create positive change. However, these therapies are not a substitute for medical treatment or psychotherapy. Divine Spark does not practice medicine or psychotherapy and their services are not a replacement for counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric care, or medical treatment. No service or product provided is intended to diagnose or treat any disease or illness, psychological or mental health condition.