Stephanie Oakley, LMT

Seeking Life Balance through Intentional Bodywork

Benefits Of Massage

General Benefits of Body Work

It is estimated that nearly ninety percent of disease is related to stress. Nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than chronic and/or extreme stress. Massage is a very effective treatment for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Better sleep quality
  • More energy
  • Better concentration
  • Improved circulation
  • Less fatigue

‚ÄčMassage can also help to: 

  • Ease low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Reduce medication dependence.
  • Stimulate lymph flow— enhancing immunity.
  • Relax and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Improve skin condition through better circulation.
  • Increase flexibility.
  • Reduce depression and anxiety.
  • Stimulate tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Ease spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—body's natural painkiller.
  • Ease migraine pain.

 

Benefits of Body Work with Hormone Imbalances

With regard to hormone imbalances, massage can be very helpful to alleviate symptoms and help direct the body back to balance.  Often, chronic stress taps out the adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing cortisol, a hormone designed to prepare your body for flight or flight - i.e. stress.  Great for occasional stresses, not so great if this happens every day.  The adrenal glands also regulate other hormones in the body and when they become exhausted, the delicate balance of hormones is disrupted.  Before we can balance those hormones, we have to reduce the stress and support the adrenal glands.  Massage inherently reduces stress and has been proven to reduce the levels of cortisol in the body.  Massage also helps to increase circulation and move excess hormones out of the body.

 

Benefits of Body Work with Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune disorders can affect various parts of the body, such as th nervous system, skin, endocrine system and the blood.  These issues can be localized in one area or systemic, however, relatively common symptoms occur, such as joint and muscle pain, fatigue and inflammation in the body.  Often the autoimmune response is triggered by an external force such as psychological, physical or environmental stress.  Massage helps to reduce these stresses and calm the nervous system.  As with hormone imbalance, massage helps with autoimmune disorders by stimulating lymph and helping to remove excess chemicals which may be overwhelming the body.  Additionally, massage helps alleviate symptoms by helping to relieve fatigue and relax the muscles and connective tissue that tend to get tight.

 

Contact me to get more information on what techniques may help your specific issues.

 

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