Benefits of Massage
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.
Must I be completely undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. You may remain totally clothed for Kates Method Bodywork.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.
Will I be covered during the session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.
What parts of my body will be massaged?
A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. A good way to think of it is that parts covered by a bikini are not massaged.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage and take a warm 20 minute Epsom Salt bath.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.
Male or female masseuse …. Does it matter ?
Have you heard people ask ..“Do you want a male or female masseuse?”
First, ask yourself, “What are you looking for in a massage?
Are you feeling stress? Do you need to relax? Are there other issues that need to be addressed?
First you need to find the best solutions to your problem. I have the experience to help you. Some men and women seeking massage may be fearful about getting a massage from a man for many reasons. Some men may feel that it is odd to have a male masseuse. Women may be fearful about getting massage from men because of past abuse issues or that their husband or boyfriend wouldn’t approve, or have body issues. If you need help from a plumber, electrician, or mechanic, do you really care if it is a male or female that fixes the problem? Probably not, as long as they are proficient in getting the problem fixed. Ethical Massage Practitioners (E.M.P) like myself, are trained and conscientious about keeping these boundaries clear and have the knowledge and expertise to help you. I believe that male massage practitioners have a case for promoting themselves – to help you with stress and relaxing touch. Getting a regular massage and building a relationship with a nurturing E.M.P can help soothe the inner fears of both men and women.
The reason for many of these feelings occasionally stems from a conscious or unconscious patterns that resemble early relationships with caregivers/parents. Touch in infancy is how we learn about who we are and where we begin. It is how we get a sense of ourselves.
Eyal Lederman in his book The Science & Practice of Manual Therapy: Physiology, Neurology and Psychology, has a great section on the psychological and psycho physiological processes in manual massage. He uses the latest research to explain how massage can help people in learning to self-regulate in the emotional and psycho physiological dimensions. Touch is an instinctive need as demonstrated by Harlow in his research. We use touch or contact with something to sooth. There are also many studies at the Touch Research Institute on touch in premature infants and how they grow faster and are healthier overall. There is a lot of research that shows that massage is best for treating anxiety and depression.
Lederman also says:
Even in more complex psychological conditions where women had experiences of ‘negative touch’ through sexual or physical abuse, and would therefore find any touch difficult, positive touch in the form of massage has been shown to reduce aversion to touch and decrease anxiety and depression. (See the study : Effects of Sexual Abuse lessened by Massage.
During a massage session, a client is encouraged to lie still while her soft tissue is moved, kneaded and stroked. She is also encouraged to breathe and let go, allowing her muscles and connective tissue to soften at the behest of the practitioner’s ministrations. This letting go and letting another “do” to one is an essential element of massage and may, at times, be reminiscent of parental care for an infant.
As infants we develop our abilities to sooth ourselves in the face of fear and stress. The way we learn is through becoming securely attached to our caregivers. When infants do not learn to securely attach, they have little trust in getting their needs met and feeling safe. As an adult people with insecure attachments will need more help in learning to soothe them. This can be learned within the safe container of a massage room and getting massage from massage practitioner that they learn to trust over time and getting massage sessions that are nurturing from the opposite or same sex.
The article goes on to state that:
This experience of deep release in the presence of a trusted practitioner has the potential for great healing. Some clients have suggested that these releases can be deeply intimate, powerful and life changing….
Massage is always more than just a physical manipulation because it invokes implicit memory.
Massage Practitioner’s will always have the client’s best interest in mind. This whole process can happen without any acknowledgment of it even going on. It requires that a male massage practitioner (and any female massage practitioner too!) understand their role in the helping process and set clear boundaries in all aspects of the massage relationship. This will include even taking payments, cancellation policies and such. Even though they may seem so frivolous in some ways -it is these exact boundaries that can allow a person to feel safe and know where you are at.
When a practitioner reflects outwardly what he feel inwardly, his behavior may be described as congruent. If the congruent behavior reflects honesty, integrity, respect and compassion, then the practitioner will not harm his clients and his clients will sense that they are safe and can be trusted.
It is behaving congruently that creates trust! The way to build trust starts by talking and working together.just like at this website! What does massage accomplish, what it does, how it works, our philosophy on massage and how it helps you, relieving stress, helping you to relax, and ALL the other benefits that accompany massage. Touch can be very healing for issues around men and women.
You first must trust and experience what a male massage practitioner’s touch and energy can do for you. While it starts as mainly a method of stress relief and relaxation, and returning to normal open and relaxed daily activity, clients often find themselves not wanting the session to end!
If you are looking for relief from the daily ongoing stress in your life, and you need to relax so that you can focus more clearly on your every days tasks, stop by or call me for an appointment, and allow me the opportunity of walking with you on your path to a new healthier and happier YOU!
About your Massage Practitioner
Frank Tatulinski, E.M.P (Ethical Massage Practitioner)
I have been interested in the fitness industry and helping others my entire life. Starting in the martial arts when I was 12 years old, I was taught that in order to learn self defense, you must first learn to help and heal others.
I have studied the martial arts for over 45 years, lead men and women in the U.S. Army all over the world, and have competed as a national level bodybuilder and world record power lifter. I have also counseled and helped many people as an ordained minister.
I have am married, and have 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren, 2 step-daughters and 3 step-grandchildren ! We both remain active in our industry (my wife as a Registered Nurse) and whether it is training in the gym and teaching Fitness Classes, or one-on-one as a personal trainer, my mission is to help you be the BEST YOU…. that you can be.
Massage - Not Just Another Luxury!
Most of you have heard this - and many probably believe it - massage is just a luxury
reserved for special times like vacations or birthdays. In truth massage is not just an
indulgence! In fact it can give you current fitness routine a much needed boost!
Massage is not just soothing to the body and soul. Sure, it's a great stress reliever but it also can benefit physical conditioning goals - just ask a professional athlete!
Take for example those tight muscles from that tough workout. Massage can release spasms which impede blood flow and can cause inflammation, pain and dysfunction. And it can help prevent and assist in the healing of muscular injuries by decreasing the amount of adhesions (fibrous bands holding together muscle tissue that is normally apart commonly seen during the healing process). It can aid in the prevention of overtraining by relaxing the tension and sedating the nervous system so muscles can work more efficiently. And while massage will not directly build muscles, it is a key factor in the rebuilding of tissues and influencing muscle growth.
Massage can decrease the recovery time necessary between workouts by aiding in the elimination of toxins, such as lactic acid which is the culprit of delayed onset muscle soreness (D.O.M.S.). By increasing circulation through massage - and drinking adequate amounts of water, these toxins can be cleared out while allowing for an increased blood flow which maximizes the general nutrition (oxygen and essential nutrients) of muscles essential for optimal function.
Power and performance is influenced by massage by increasing the body's efficiency and facilitating the muscle-building response while enhancing range of motion and flexibility. Muscles that are sufficiently elongated increase proficiency while aiding in the reduction of injury risks.
Massage can also help you attain your weight loss goals through assisting the subcutaneous tissue to exude fat to become absorbed - not stored.
Massage won't help you increase muscle bulk, nor will it directly increase muscle strength. But it will help your body work more efficiently while assisting in the recovery after strenuous workouts. It gives your body an overall boost by increasing circulation, decreasing pain and spasms, increasing your immune system and decreasing stress so workouts can be performed with more regularity and intensity. Plus it boosts self esteem and overall wellbeing, and yes, it feels good too!.
During your first visit, we will take a history including any relevant medical history and your specific problem areas and goals. Then together you and your practitioner should decide on the best schedule to optimize your goals.
Massage effects are cumulative. Many times it takes several sessions to release spasms and tightness, then regular follow-up sessions to avoid recurrences.
Regular fitness routines consistently place demands on your muscles. Consult with your massage practitioner regarding any medications you are taking.
Drink plenty of water before and after the session. Massage aids in moving stagnant toxins while water flushes them out of the body. If you don't drink enough water, you may loosen toxins in one area only to have them settle in another.
So when your fitness routine needs a boost, why not try a little piece of heaven and treat yourself to a massage? It just may revitalize your whole perspective on physical fitness!
AND MORE …..
Most of us take one look at our budgets, and cross massage treatments off our list. What we don’t realize is how important massage is to our overall health and how this inexpensive preventative method that can pay off big in the long run.
One of the biggest challenges to our health in the early 21st century is stress. We probably face more stress than our predecessors did. Even though our lifestyle has become easier in some ways, it has become more challenging in others. The speed at which we move and the challenges that we face every day (like traffic, working long hours on the computer and being on the telephone) put stress our bodies in ways that they were not engineered to handle. Our bodies are wonderful because they compensate for all of our activities, but sometimes they need help.
Stress has also been shown to be the cause of many health problems, and one of the best ways to handle it is to have a balance of rest/relaxation and activity in your life. Massage introduces oxygen to places that might not have been receive adequate supply, and thus brings healing