If you suffer from tight and aching muscles, anxiety or stress, massage therapy can help relieve your discomfort and get you back on the path to feeling well again. Massage has been used in cultures around the world for thousands of years to relieve such complaints, and it is safe for nearly everyone of any age. Understanding how this therapy works and the benefits it offers you is the first step to adding it to your overall wellness plan. We are pleased to offer this effective therapy at our med spa in Elgin.
The Power of Touch
Human beings are social creatures. Being touched lowers blood pressure, releases endorphins, induces relaxation, relieves pain and helps create hormonal balance. Unfortunately, in our current society, touch is strictly curtailed.
In many sub-cultures and environments, the only touch that is acceptable is that of a firm handshake, a brisk medical exam or engaging with an intimate partner. Massage therapy offers therapeutic, no-expectations touch and all the benefits of it within the sometimes-strict social construct of our culture.
The Effects of Relaxation and Healing
When we are stressed, our bodies are primed for fight or flight. Our muscles are tense, our breathing may be shallow, and our blood pressure is high. If you work a stressful job, are over-scheduled or are simply an anxious person by nature, getting a massage can help you relax. This allows your body to focus on healing and resting.
Many patients comment that their sleep is better and deeper after a massage and that minor aches and pains are relieved entirely. Even those with serious conditions or pain from old injuries can reap the restorative benefits of relaxation and healing. Incredibly, it can also teach you how to induce this relaxed state at home between therapy visits.
Good for Nearly Everyone
Almost everyone can benefit from massage therapy, from the cradle to extreme advanced age. If you have any skin conditions or circulation problems, you may want to talk about the safety of this therapy and whether or not it would be right for you. The vast majority of people, however, are perfect candidates for massage and can reap its healing, restorative benefits.
Work at Your Own Comfort Level
Some people shy away from seeking massage therapy because they do not feel comfortable being nude under a sheet with a stranger. This is perfectly normal. We can adapt to your needs, suited to your comfort level. For example, you may book a chair massage where you remain fully clothed and the therapist works to your comfort level. Some patients also start out wearing shorts and a t-shirt and having their legs, feet, arms and hands worked on first. Your comfort level will be respected, allowing you to relax.
Massage therapy has been used in many different forms in cultures throughout the world. If you or someone you love is suffering from muscle aches, migraines, high blood pressure or anxiety, massage therapy with the experts at OM MediSpa can help. Call our office in Elgin today to book an appointment. We will be delighted to review your case, discuss your comfort level and get you back on the road to wellness.