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Massage Therapy and Emotional Release

Have you ever gone into your massage therapy appointment, feeling completely normal beforehand, but find yourself in tears halfway through? Experiencing tears or laughter during your treatment is nothing to feel embarrassed about. This burst of emotion is your body’s way of releasing of those feelings in a very normal and healthy way.

What Is Emotional Release?

The physical benefits of massage therapy are widely known. Regular massage therapy can help reduce swelling and inflammation in the body, decrease chronic pain, manage high blood pressure, and so much more. But there are also many emotional benefits to receiving regular massage therapy as well.

As we age or experience an injury within our muscle or joints, the body stores that physical stress deep inside. If those injuries aren’t addressed right away, over time they will get worse and could result in a larger, much more painful issue. The same goes for our emotional health. When we experience trauma, our body holds on that those emotions, tucking them away deep in our tissues.

As your massage therapist works on your muscles and penetrates deep into your soft tissue, oxygen and nutrients rush through your cells, pushing out toxins and detoxifying those areas.  This can unlock emotional energy stuck in the tissue triggering you to feel an intense rush of emotions. Embracing this release and allowing your body to let go of this energy will help your body find it’s way back to the healthy, balanced state it desires to be in. Allowing your mind to relax and free it’s self of the burden of negative feelings will give you a sense of rejuvenation and calming relaxation.

What Do I Do If It Happens to Me?

Emotional release is a completely normal response! Your mind could be triggered to remember a specific memory or it could be just an overwhelming release of stress. Either way, your massage therapist will be trained in helping you through this emotional expression and will support you during this time. It is healthy to detox your mind of this stress and release it from your body. If you are too uncomfortable to move forward with the remainder of your session, communicate that to your therapist. Together, you can discuss steps on how you should move forward.

 

Click here or call (330) 721-9357 to schedule your next massage. 

Why You Should Consider Lymphatic Drainage Massage

One of the benefits of massage therapy we often talk about is how regular massage helps to detoxify the body. But how does it do this exactly?

Movement equals life. And massage therapy encourages movement of blood, fluid, and oxygen throughout the body. One of the major ways we do this is by focusing on the lymphatic system.

What Is The Lymphatic System?  

The lymphatic system has three major functions: maintaining the balance of fluid in the body, aiding in the digestive system, and supporting our immune system.

According to MedicalNewsToday.com, the lymphatic or lymph system involves an extensive network of vessels that passes through our tissues to allow for the movement of a fluid called lymph. Every day, around two liters of fluid from our cardiovascular system enters into our tissue. The lymph system collects this fluid, sending it to our lymph nodes where it’s filtered. Here it becomes activated to fight off infection and defend our body.

What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of massage that encourages fluid to flow freely throughout the lymph nodes or drain built up fluid in these areas. It involves gentle, non-invasive movements on various areas of the body, practiced in a rhythmic motion. The continuous, light-pressure motion forces stagnant fluid to release, restoring proper function in your tissues.

Certain essential oils can be used to support the lymph nodes during your treatment. Frankincense is known for boosting overall wellness but when applied topically, it can increase the production of cytokines which can stimulate immune cells to fight off pathogens. Peppermint may also be used to reduce inflammation. If you have swollen nodes, peppermint can be applied topically to soothe this discomfort. Diffusing citrus based oils are also great for boosting the immune system, purifying the air, and promoting your body’s ability to heal. *Remember, do your research and educate yourself on oils if using at home to avoid injury.

Who Is A Candidate For Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Fluid retention can happen for many reasons. It is very common after surgery or injury, but illness, lack of physical activity, or stress can cause your body to become stagnant as well. Anyone who has a job where they sit or stand long hours during the day or other physically inactive individuals are great candidates.

As part of the immune system, this type of therapy is a wonderful way to avoid sickness. While there can benefits year-round, practicing regular lymph drainage massage during the winter months can help maintain your health while warding off illness.

The hands of time can sometimes be our worst enemy as skin begins to thin and wrinkle. Lymph drainage can actually help slow the aging process and boost collagen production. Especially when practiced on the face, lymph drainage can reduce puffiness and help promote more supple skin overtime. Read more about our exclusive anti-aging facial massage here.

Wondering if lymphatic drainage massage therapy is right for you? Our team of experienced massage therapists are here to answer your questions. As always, it’s best to consult your doctor before receiving a massage if you have a serious medical condition.

Experience the amazing benefits of lymphatic drainage massage! Click here or call 330-721-9357 to schedule your appointment.

Why Moms Should Take A Field Trip Too

By now, your back-to-school schedule is in full swing. You’re probably already used to the standard head-spinning schedule of sports practices, extra-curriculars, and playdates. But while planning for your kids next school activity, why not schedule one of your own?

Here at Nature’s Touch, we’re encouraging all moms (and dads too!) to take an hour break from the busy school season and take a “field trip” to our office. While a regular massage is always divine, we also have many other treatments that require about the same amount of time and provide a deeper level of  relaxation.

Check out these treatments to pamper yourself:

Bamboo Infusion Massage

Bamboo Infusion Massage is a unique method of deep tissue massage. Using heated bamboo to roll and knead tissue, this treatment creates an extreme sensation of relaxation. The smooth edges of the bamboo sticks allow for more penetrating maneuvers to work through all angles of your aches and pains. Many clients report that the benefits of this type of treatment last even longer than regular deep tissue massage. How wonderful does that sound!

Hot Stone Massage

This treatment is performed with the application of smooth basalt lava stones that have been heated to just the right temperature needed to melt your tension away. Stones are placed in areas that generally hold tension such as the back, and then oiled stones are used in flowing strokes to relax the body. This type of treatment is warm and cozy and great for warming up as the seasons begin to change.

Steam Tent Therapy

As the weather starts to cool down, you may be finding yourself more prone to catching colds and getting sick. And as a busy parent, there is no time for that. The perfect way to give your immune system a boost and warm up from the chilly weather is with a session in our steam tent. The steam tent is like a relaxing sauna that helps the body to sweat out toxins. As it heats the body, it acts as an artificial fever that kills off unwanted invaders and puts your body into healing-mode. Many people who incorporate regular steam tent sessions into their life notice significant improvement in congestion, headaches and difficulty sleeping.

Rain Bath Ceremony

This hundreds-of-years-old sacred ceremony bathes you in warm stones, cool stones and essential oils. This ancient healing treatment is a very gentle method of alleviating stress and anxiety, helping to restore balance to the body’s chemistry. Warm stones relax and calm. Essential oils are dripped onto the body to ground, re-balance and soothe. Cool stones revitalize the body, mind and spirit to reawaken to a new self.

Facial Toning Massage

Face Toning Massage is a stimulating, vigorous, luxurious, safe and effective method of treating the problem of sluggish, aging and environmentally damaged skin. This method will retrain your facial muscles by firming and lifting them, thereby tightening and toning the skin, especially around the eyes and mouth to create a youth flow. Facial massage is also relaxing, which promotes stress reduction. Clients experience enhanced muscle tone and noticeable improvements to their skin, face and neck with the very first treatment. You’ll absolutely love how your skin and muscles look after a series. Many clients look like they lost five to 10 years off their faces, and are ecstatic.

What are you waiting for? Schedule your “field trip” to Nature’s Touch today! 

Fight The Winter Blues With These Tips

Has winter got you down? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes of the seasons with symptoms starting in the fall and continuing into the winter months. It’s often referred to as the “winter blues” and will zap your energy and make you feel moody. It can also lead to sleep problems caused by a disruption of the circadian rhythms (your body’s clock) due to reduced sunlight during the day. This also causes a drop in serotonin levels which are our mood boosters, and melatonin levels which help us to sleep. Another side effect can be food cravings, especially for sugar, which will increase our weight.

Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression may be positively affected with massage therapy. You can boost your mood and increase your serotonin and melatonin levels with regular massage therapy session. Studies show that massage:

o Reduces anxiety and depression with a course of care providing benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy.

o Increases neurotransmitters associated with lowering anxiety and decrease hormones associated with increasing anxiety.

o Significantly decreases heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure.

o Massage has been shown to reduce depression in individuals with HIV, lessen anxiety in cancer patients, reduce anxiety and depression in military veterans and lower work-related stress for nurses.

Aromatherapy can be used during your massage and is also helpful in controlling the symptoms of SAD. Smells from essential oils can stimulate positive emotions by affecting our limbic system. The essential oils that treat the symptoms of SAD best include Basil, Orange, Sandalwood, Lemon, Jasmine, Sage, Chamomile, and Peppermint.

For those dreading the remaining winter months, don’t wait to take control of your symptoms. Schedule your next massage at Nature’s Touch Wellness Center, LLC now!