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ROYAL MASSAGE

Penticton, British Columbia, Western Canada

What is massage:


Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue effecting a change in the surrounding tissue and structures. Our bodies and posture are held in balance by the muscular system. In order for you to stand still there are various muscles throughout the body constantly tightening and slackening to maintain the stillness that you desire.

If one or more of your muscles becomes too tight or slack then your posture will be thrown out and your body will deliberately put other muscles out of there normal state of tone to compensate. If this is not corrected it will over a period of time be accepted by your body and you will have a permanent imbalance.

You will become accustomed to this over time and quite probably will not notice that you have a dysfunction until you try to do something which requires a normal full range of movement.

This is where massage therapy comes into its own for if the muscles being worked are too tight they will be relaxed and stretch, however if they are too slack then they will be toned and tightened.

If a joint is too tight causing stiffness then it will be released, or if too slack then it will be tightened, or rather the surrounding tissue that holds it in its proper alignment will be adjusted.

This is the main physical property to massage but it does have a pronounced effect on all the systems of your body, as well as relaxing you mentally and reducing emotional turmoil.

 
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General benefits of massage therapy:


Massage feels good and it is a pleasurable experience.

Massage increases your body self awareness and sensitivity.

Massage reduces your stress, tension and anxiety levels.

Massage calms the nervous system and has a centering/balancing effect.

Massage relaxes, focuses and clears your mind.

Massage helps to improve and maintain your posture.

Massage helps to fulfil your need for a caring and nurturing touch.

Massage encourages self-esteem and a general feeling of well-being.

Massage increased your awareness of the whole being connection and improves your emotional awareness.


Benefits to your muscular system:


Massage increases the blood supply and nutrition to your muscles.

Massage helps your muscles recover more quickly from exertion and fatigue.

Massage relaxes your muscles, effectively reducing spasms, tension and cramping.

Massage reduces and breaks down adhesions (knots) and fibrosis.

Massage stretches your connective tissue.

Massage helps to re-establish your proper muscular tone.

Massage reduces your muscle and soft tissue pain.

Massage supports increased work capacity and encourages your metabolism.

Massage helps to prevent muscular atrophy (wasting from injury and paralysis).


Benefits to your skeletal systems:


Massage improves the circulation and nutrition of the joints and helps increase your range of joint movement.

Massage reduces joint strain and compression through releasing tight muscles and tendons.

Massage increases the ease and efficiency of your movements.

Massage helps to increase the retention of nitrogen, phosphorous, and sulphur in the bones and this aids in fracture healing.


Benefits to your circulatory systems:


Massage increases the nutrition of the tissues via an increased exchange of fluids and materials.

Massage, via the mechanical actions on the soft tissues, produces a dilation of the blood vessels which helps to improve your circulation.

Massage helps to reduce the lack of blood and by direct pressure and stimulation reduces pain due to the irritation of nerves that control your circulatory system.

Massage enhances the elimination of the waste products of your metabolism.

Massage helps to reduce any swelling and contusions.

Massage increases the number of red blood cells in your circulation.

Massage has the overall effect of lowering your blood pressure and reduces your pulse rate.

Massage facilitates tissue healing through the enhancement of circulation.

Massage increases tissue fluid and assists lymphatic circulation thus reducing swelling and enhancing the immune and filtering activities of this system.

Massage increases both your venous and lymphatic flow


Benefits to your nervous system:


Massage can have a sedative, stimulating or even exhausting effect on the nervous system depending on the type and length of treatment given.

Massage stimulates the touch, pressure and proprioceptive receptors of the skin and underlying tissue.

Massage helps to balance the autonomic nervous system.

Massage relaxes the muscles and helps to re-establish proper tonus through its effect on the neuromuscular reflex pathways.

Massage is known to affect the neurotransmitters of the brain and increase endorphin secretion in particular (natural painkillers).

Massage can help reduce nerve entrapment through the release of soft tissue or muscular binding.

Massage can reduce nerve root compression caused by muscular tension.


Benefits to your digestive and excretory systems:


Massage aides the normal movement throughout your alimentary canal assisting with many dysfunction's through its stress releasing effects.

Massage increases the excretion (via the kidneys) of fluids and waste products of protein metabolism, inorganic phosphorous and salt in normal individuals.

Massage can facilitate elimination through the large intestines by mechanically stimulating peristalsis and improving tone.

Massage stimulates peristalsis and can reduce cramping or spasm in the digestive tract.


Benefits to your Skin:


Massage helps to reduce tension in the skin and adjoining tissues as well as increasing its circulation and improve its nutrition.

Massage depending on the medium used to apply it can help to re-moisturise, and soften dry skin.

Massage can help with some skin conditions like eczema, but please check with your Doctor to make sure that what you have is not contagious.


Benefits to your respiratory system:


Massage deepens and normalizes the breathing pattern through relaxation, and release of tension in the breathing structures, both the rib cage and the muscles of respiration.

Massage can help to relieve congestion in the lungs through percussive and compressive movements.

Massage increases the action of the heart, stimulating the blood flow to and from the lungs, helping with the elimination of waste and the absorption of oxygen.


Who Can Benefit From Clinical Massage Therapy?

If you suffer from any of the following disorders, you may benefit by clinical massage:

• Any chronic muscle or joint pain.
•A known condition of referred pain, such as "when my neck gets tense I get a headache. "
•Any recurring symptoms that seem to accompany or are precipitated by muscle lightness.
•Tight muscles that are limiting the mobility of a joint.
•Chronically fatigued muscles.
•Low energy level, especially when accompanied by muscle aches and pains.
•A recent muscle injury that generates pain or dysfunction in areas not seemingly involved in the injury
•Any visceral dysfunction that tests negative for conventional causes.
•Muscle pain that recurs in an area with no apparent new cause.
•A tendency for pain to spread to other muscles whenever a simple strain or injury occurs.


People find that therapeutic massage can help with a wide range of medical conditions, including:

•Allergies
•Anxiety
•Arthritis (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
•Asthma and bronchitis
•Carpal tunnel syndrome
•Chronic and acute pain
•Circulatory problems
•Depression
•Digestive disorders, including spastic colon, constipation and diarrhea
•Headache, especially when due to muscle tension
•Gastrointestinal disorders (including spastic colon, colic and constipation)
•Headache
•Immune function disorders
•Insomnia
•Myofascial pain (a condition of the tissue connecting the muscles)
•Premature infants
•Reduced range of motion
•Sinusitis
•Sports injuries (including pulled or strained muscles and sprained ligaments)
•Stress
•Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction


Massage for Pain Control:

Massage is a very effective technique for controlling pain. How does it work? There are number of ways massage may help in controlling pain.

Massage confuses the body's pain signals.

Rubbing may interfere with pain signals' pathways to your brain, a process called the "gate control theory," according to experts. Pain impulses run toward the spinal cord and then up the cord and into the brain. It's only when they reach the brain that these impulses, are perceived as pain. When you rub, it sends other impulses along the same nerves. When all these impulses try to reach the brain through nerves, the nerves get clogged like a highway during morning rush hour. The result? Most of them won't reach the brain. And if the pain signals does not reach the brain, you won't feel pain. Thus massage works by 'closing the gate' that pain impulses have to pass through.

Massage also calls up the body's natural painkillers.

It stimulates the release of endorphins, the morphine-like substances that the body manufactures, into the brain and nervous system.

Massage provides deep relaxation.

It relieves muscle tension, spasm, and stiffness. All of these contribute to pain. Experts suggest that tense muscles are usually deprived of oxygen, because the tightness reduces blood circulation to the area. Massage improves blood circulation, bringing with it what the muscle needs-oxygen and other forms of nourishment. The muscle then relaxes, and pain decreases.

Massage relieves mental stress and anxiety.

Massage is providing the benefit by the therapeutic value of touching that helps a person in pain. Research shows that even touch lasting for less than 1 second has the ability to make people feel better. Obviously, an hour-long touch provided by massage has to make you feel good!

What Types of Pain Can Massage Help?

Massage can help any pain originating from muscle tension: example - head, back, neck, and shoulder pain are all can benefit from massage. Releasing tightness and tension in muscles is the most obvious effect of a good massage.

Massage also is beneficial for relieving pain associated with arthritis, injuries, or even recent surgery.


Therapeutic Massage Is Beneficial In Combating Aging:

Therapeutic massage is effective in combating the negative effects of aging noticed in the middle to late years of life. It helps keep body tissues and basic functions in a more youthful state.

•Enhances tissue elasticity and joint flexibility
•Improves blood and lymph circulation
•Promotes healthy vibrant skin
•Improves immune system functioning
•Relieves muscle aches and stiffness
•Deep massage helps break up the dimples. When combined with a sensible diet and weight loss program, even stubborn fat pockets can be removed.


Massage - Precautions/ Contra-Indications:

Certain medical conditions require the exercise of caution concerning the advisability of giving or receiving massage. If you are in any doubt, or if you or your partner are under medical supervision, check with your doctor or other qualified medical practitioner before embarking on massage therapy. This advice applies particularly in the case of cardiovascular conditions and heart disease, especially in cases of thrombosis, phlebitis, and oedema.

Never apply pressure under or over varicose veins. Never massage directly over infected skin, for example where there are warts, herpes, or boils, or where there is inflammation, unexplained lumps, bruises and open cuts. While giving a massage, cover up any open cuts or scratches on your hands with a plaster or other dressing.

Massage on the abdomen is best avoided during the first three months of pregnancy when the risk of miscarriage is highest.

The causes of acute back pain should first be diagnosed by a physician before receiving massage treatment. Consult a qualified medical practitioner in cases of raised temperature, infections, or contagious disease. Seek medical advice before having a massage if you suffer from phlebitis, thrombosis, varicose veins, severe acute back pain, or fever.

Swellings, fractures, skin infections, or bruises should not be massaged. Lumps and swellings should be checked by your doctor.

Massage of the abdomen, legs, and feet should not be given during the first three months of pregnancy.

Cancer patients are best treated by specially trained practitioners who know which areas to avoid and which kind of massage is appropriate.


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