Massage Therapy

How do you feel after an hour of massage? Your mind is clear, your body is relaxed and you feel much lighter. We know that occasional massage makes us feel great, but regular massage does much more than just that. The work of your body practitioner and massage therapist helps your body and muscles maintain a relaxed state even at the time of physical and mental stress.

Studies show that massage by an expert body practitioner can reduce tension and can also help in the reduction of high blood pressure and strengthening of the immune system.

Body practitioners and massage therapists use their hands and fingers to manipulate the skin, tendons, ligaments and tendons to release tension from tissues. These techniques aid in movement of blood and lymph circulation to and from different organs and tissues.

Health benefits of massage are:

  • Stress and anxiety relief

  • Blood pressure controls and improved circulation

  • Pain reduction

  • Enhanced cancer treatment

  • Improved quality of sleep

  • Promotion of better digestion

  • Improvement of weak muscles

A new study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has revealed that massage provides a measurable therapeutic benefit to the immune system as well. A strong immune system is a most important tool in fighting diseases. The same study reveals that massage doesn’t only feel good but it is good for you.

Sports massage can help athletes with pre- and post-performance relief and people from all walks of life can improve their mental, emotional and physical health by obtaining regular massage sessions. Whether you live a high stress life or not, massage therapy can provide you with a much calmer and more peaceful state of being.

Physiotherapy treatments can include the following:

  • Personalized exercise programs designed to improve your strength, range of motion, and function

  • Massage

  • Joint mobilization and manipulation to reduce pain and stiffness

  • Hot and cold packs and modalities to relieve pain, reduce swelling, speed up the healing process, improve movement and function

  • Airway clearance methods to assist people with breathing difficulties

  • Skin and wound care

  • Management of incontinence including pelvic floor re-education

  • Functional activity and tolerance testing and training

  • Work and occupational re-training and return to work planning

  • Prescription, fabrication and application of assistive, adaptive, supportive and protective devices and equipment

  • Environmental change, focusing on removing barriers to function

Barbara Bourne, BA, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Barbara Bourne finished a 2,700 hour course of study in Massage and also has a BA in Physical Anthropology, with a minor in Biological sciences.

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