The Art of Healing Touch
I have been attending Kris and Karen in the Karuna Flame Holistic Health Centre for over a year, on weekly basis, receiving massage and unique heat treatments. I find the sessions relaxing and comforting. I always felt a great sense of well being after treatments.
……Sean from Boyle aged 36
Many people know that massage ‘feels good’ and helps people to relax. Thus we seek to receive and give it. The massage has effects on many different systems like muscular, structural, lymphatic, vascular, neurological, energy/etheric and psychological, making it a valuable therapy for a wide range of ailments and conditions.
The healing touch helps also to re-establish contact with often neglected or ‘forgotten’ parts of our being, which want to be reconciled. It restores confidence/trust, awakens deeper feelings of wholeness and frees up the life energy within the body. Simply, it does something magical to us.
Medical school students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School who were massaged before an exam showed a significant decrease in anxiety and respiratory rates, as well as a significant increase in white blood cells and natural killer cell activity, suggesting a benefit to the immune system.
Preliminary results suggested cancer patients had less pain and anxiety after receiving therapeutic massage at the James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio. Women who had experienced the recent death of a child were less depressed after receiving therapeutic massage, according to preliminary results of a study at the University of South Carolina.
At the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Touch Research Institute, researchers have found that massage is helpful in decreasing blood pressure in people with hypertension, alleviating pain in migraine sufferers and improving alertness and performance in office workers.
An increasing number of research studies show massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment). Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from exercise or injury.
For studies on benefits of massage to cancer patients (check here)
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I originally came to Karen with lower back pain and tension in the mid back and neck region and with some nervous tension. After few sessions, I have discovered that my tension has decreased, which I am very happy about. Also my energy levels have increased due to the excellent massage that Karen gives me. Her professional approach and her expertise is most noticeable during the treatment.
……Mary O’Shea an art teacher from Boyle
Research has verified that:
- Office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren’t massaged.
- Massage therapy decreased the effects of anxiety, tension, depression, pain, and itching in burn patients.
- Abdominal surgery patients recovered more quickly after massage.
- Premature infants who were massaged gained more weight and fared better than those who weren’t.
- Autistic children showed less erratic behavior after massage therapy.
- Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
- Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
- Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
- Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
- Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
- Enhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or work
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
- Reduces blood pressure
- Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
- Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
- Improves posture
- Strengthens the immune system
- Treats musculoskeletal problems
- Rehabilitation post operative
- Rehabilitation after injury (Source: AMTA)
Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Fosters peace of mind
- Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
- Helps relieve mental stress
- Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
- Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
- Emotional Benefits
- Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
- Fosters a feeling of well-being
- Reduces levels of anxiety
- Creates body awareness
- Increases awareness of mind-body connection