Massage has been documented as one of the oldest healing arts in the world. Records documenting its use date back over 3000 years. Massage has been used by the ancient Chinese, Hindus, Egyptians and Persians.
There are hundreds of different kinds of massage and bodywork techniques. At Vita De Novo Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork we utilize multiple techniques, all aimed at healing and relaxing your body and mind.
Massage therapy techniques may include stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the soft tissues, joints and muscular structure of the body. The use of oils and lotions may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.
The benefits of massage therapies are wide ranging. Massage is an integral part of many physical rehabilitation programs and has been proven effective in the treatment of chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, stress, depression, and more.
Massage helps relieve the stresses and tensions of everyday living that can eventually lead to disease and illness. The negative effects of many illnesses (eg. diabetes) can be accelerated by stress. Massage therapy can help relieve stress and be a beneficial part of a prevention and treatment program.
Many of us spend our days hunched over a computer keyboard, throwing off our posture and creating stiffness, discomfort and pain in the neck, shoulders, upper back and arms. Others work and play at sports programs and fitness regimes that can eventually take their toll on our muscles and joints.
Some experts think that more than ninety percent of illness is stress related. Nothing ages us faster than high stress. While massage cannot eliminate the anxiety and pressure caused by our pressure-cooker work world, it can help manage that stress. The relief of physical and mental stress can help:
Many clients comment on having increased perspective and clarity after a massage. This emotional balance, clarity, and feeling of well-being can be as valuable as the tangible physical benefits.
Over the years research has demonstrated the enormous benefits of massage therapy. From treating chronic diseases and physical injuries, to alleviating the stress of our fast paced lifestyles. Today, many extended health benefits programs include massage therapy in their roster of allowed treatments.
Taking part in regularly scheduled massage therapy can play a big part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain. Accumulated stress is one of the causes of illness and can contribute to rapid ageing. Budgeting time and money for regular massages is an investment in your health. Though you may think of massage as being pampered it doesn’t make your massage sessions any less therapeutic. Consider massage as a necessary component of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.