Massage therapy has a primary benefit of being non-invasive and drug-free. Based on the body’s natural healing processes massage benefits not only different types of health conditions but also works on multiple levels simultaneously; benefits are physical, mental and emotional.
Physical benefits of massage include decreased blood pressure in people with diabetes, increased blood circulation and improved range of motion in people experiencing back pain or frozen shoulder. Massage also increases the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. Because of this, massage therapy is being incorporated into more humanistic treatments of chronic illness.
Massage therapy in itself cannot increase muscle strength, but in the case of inactivity or lack of exercise due to surgery or illness, massage can assist in a more complete recovery. Massage can provide stretching for atrophied muscles. It also assists in relieving muscle spasms and tension-related headaches.
Neuromuscular massage, effective in treatment of injuries, benefits the muscles by softening them so that the therapist can work to break up muscle adhesions and increase muscle elasticity. Massage is effective in the increased ease and efficiency of movement.
In burn patients, massage has proven to have beneficial effects, decreasing pain and itching. Abdominal surgery patients who receive massage therapy recover more quickly. Massage therapy benefits other post-surgery patients through realigning and reducing scar tissue after healing.
Additional physical benefits of massage include effective treatment of cancer-related fatigue, spinal cord injuries and age-related disorders. Massage reduces the effects of eyestrain, improves posture, benefits musculoskeletal problems and enhances health of the skin. Massage also benefits in the healing of sprained ligaments and reduces swelling. It assists in promoting deeper and easier breathing.
Mental benefits of massage include relaxed state of mental awareness, capacity for creativity and calm thinking, ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, increased ability for clearer thinking, and reduction of mental stress. Massage also greatly benefits the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time.
Emotional benefits of massage include its effectiveness in treating various emotionally related disorders, such as sleeping and eating disorders. Massage is also effective in smoke cessation treatments and depression. Massage fosters a feeling of well-being, creates body awareness, reduces levels of anxiety, and increases awareness of the mind-body connection. Emotional benefits also include an enhanced, positive self-image, and a feeling of increased energy flow. Massage promotes a general sense of harmony.
Dr. Browne holds licenses in Acupuncture and Massage Therapy. He is one of 12 students of the world famous Japanese Acupuncturist / Shiatsuist Tomezo Hoshino. Over the past 25 years Dr. Browne has trained over 1000 people in the art of Shiatsu. As part of his visit you will experience his skills as a senior Acupuncturist and Shiatsuist.