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Christine Hodges Santa Fe Massage Therapist

Massage Benefits


In general, massage is believed to support healing, boost energy, reduce recovery time after an injury, ease pain, and enhance relaxation, mood, and well-being. It is useful for many musculoskeletal problems, such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and sprains and strains.

Massage may also relieve depression in people with chronic fatigue syndrome, ease chronic constipation (when the technique is performed in the abdominal area), decrease swelling after a mastectomy (removal of the breast), alleviate sleep disorders, and improve self-image. In the workplace, massage has been shown to melt away stress and enhance mental alertness.

Clinical studies have found that massage relieves chronic back pain more effectively than other treatments (including acupuncture and conventional medical care for this condition with education via books and videos) and, in many cases, costs less than other treatments for this common health problem. In addition, mothers and newborns also appear to benefit from massage. Mothers trained to massage their infants often feel less depressed and have a better emotional bond with their babies.

Newborns who receive massage from their mothers also tend to cry less, and are more active, alert, and sociable. Premature babies who receive massage therapy have been shown to gain weight faster than preemies who do not receive this type of therapy. Infants who receive massage regularly may also sleep better, be less gassy or colicky, and have better body awareness as well as more regular digestion.

Clinical studies have also shown that massage may be an effective treatment for young children and adolescents with a wide range of health problems, including the following:
 

 Massage Relieves:

  • Pain from injury
  • Stress & Tension
  • Muscle Stiffness & Tenderness
  • Mental & Physical Fatigue
  • Pain from injury
  • Increasing circulation to nourish and detoxify the body
  • Improvement of lymphatic drainage which encourages a healthier immune system.
  • Enhancing the function of joints and muscles by improving and increasing muscle tone, joint range of motion, body awareness, and relaxing the nervous system.

  • Autism: Autistic children, who usually don't like being touched, show less autistic behavior and are more social and attentive after receiving massage therapy from their parents.

  • Atopic dermatitis/Eczema: Children with this scaly, itchy skin problem seem to experience less redness, scaling, and other symptoms if receiving massage between flares. Massage should not be used when this skin condition is actively inflamed.

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Massage may improve mood in children with ADHD and help them feel less fidgety and hyperactive.

  • Bulimia: Studies have shown that adolescents with this eating disorder feel less depressed and anxious after receiving massage therapy.

  • Cystic fibrosis: Massage may reduce anxiety and improve respiration in children with this lung condition.

  • Diabetes: Massage may help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce anxiety and depression in children with diabetes.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) have been shown to experience less pain, morning stiffness, and anxiety as a result of massage therapy.

 


WHY MASSAGE?


As a man or woman, you are likely to be under pressure with your talents in demand at work, at home, or both. You offer a lot of yourself. But you aren't made to give unendingly and never replenish. The stream of giving must become a circle, completed by receiving.

Massage therapy helps you with stress and provides a way to relax and move through life's challenges and transitions more gracefully. Massage can reduce the discomfort and pain caused by illness, activity, or hormonal fluctuations.

By committing to care for yourself with massage, you boost the emotional and physical resources that support you in doing all the things you want and need to do.


WHAT TO EXPECT:  You may be wondering........

How long is a massage session?
A massage session can last from 30 minutes to 1 hour or more depending on the individual.

Who will give me my massage? Your massage will be given by a licensed massage therapist with many hours of training, often in several types of massage.

What is the first appointment like? Your massage therapist will begin by asking you to fill out a form with general health questions, since there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate. Your massage will take place on a table especially designed for stability and comfort. The room will be warm and quiet, often with soft music to set a relaxing mood.

How much clothing do I need to remove? Most commonly, people remove most or all of their clothing fora full body massage and are draped with a sheet throughout the session. Undress as much as is comfortable for you. For chair massage and some other types of massage, undressing is not necessary.

What should I do in a massage? Make yourself comfortable. Most people close their eyes and relax completely during a massage. Others prefer to talk. It's your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is certainly the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions about what your massage therapist is doing, or about the massage in general.

What do I do after the massage? When your massage is finished, your massage therapist will leave the room while you dress. Be aware that the massage can be profoundly relaxing, and it affects all of your body's systems. Give yourself a moment to reorient before slowly getting up from the table.




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