By Leah Hensen, RN, BScN, CIMT
Massage therapy – the art and science of therapeutic touch can bring extraordinary benefits to one’s health and well-being. Through the skillful techniques used by registered massage therapists, one can promote optimal functioning of the various body systems including circulatory, skeletal, muscular, and neurological.
Techniques are used to relieve aches and pains caused by strains, sprains, over-use, and injuries, not to mention that massage encourages the release of feel-good hormones that help with overall stress reduction.
Massage Therapy for Youth
When massage is introduced at a young age, even as early as with a newborn, parents and caregivers can feel good about taking positive, proactive steps in promoting the health and well-being of their child. Simple and safe techniques can be learned from certified infant massage teachers, and the many benefits of massage shared, even as often as on a daily basis.
As children become older, they can continue to experience and embrace the many benefits of massage. Children naturally experience regular stressors through school, recreation, lifestyle choices, as well as through injuries related to sports, recreation, and just engaging in physical activity.
Although children can bounce back more quickly than an adult, their recovery and healing processes can be shorter and more complete when they are connected with a skilled health professional.
Introducing them to a trusted and skilled registered massage therapist can help to teach them to be aware of their health, how it impacts their bodies, and the importance of taking the time to listen to what their bodies are telling them. They also start to learn how to communicate effectively with their health care providers. This is an important skill that will serve them well throughout life as they endeavor to maintain an optimal state of health and well-being.
Massage Therapy for Adults
As adults we know only too well the impact that daily stresses, poor lifestyle choices, disease, and injury can have on us.
When we carry around our stress and tension, it leads us to experience tight restrictive muscles, aches and pains, fatigue and, even poor mental health. Seeking effective treatment from a health care professional who specializes in therapy of the joints, soft tissues, and muscles of the body helps lead one more quickly on the road of recovery. It may even help prevent further health concerns that result from leaving injuries untreated.
Finding a healthy balance of responsibilities and recreation can be a challenge in our busy lives, but taking the time to invest in our personal health is key to achieving our health and wellness goals.
With the many healing and restorative benefits massage therapy can offer, it only makes sense to use it as one approach to achieving better health.
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