Neuromuscular Massage Therapy by Luis Manrique

WHY MASSAGE THERAPY?

Health care varies from country to country and culture to culture, yet through the ages massage has been a part of nearly every medical system.  Lack of knowledge about its wonderful therapeutic advantages has often deprived the general public of the incredible benefits that massage offers.  Recently, the importance of hands-on healing arts have become universally recognized.  Practitioners in every branch of the medical and healing professions have acknowledged that massage helps patients recuperate more quickly, and more completely.

BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

Whatever sport you play, massage should increase your performance by 20% or more.  This fitness boost translates to more protection and longer playing time per game, season, or lifetime.  Through massage, you’ll do what you do better, longer and easier, while lowering the stress levels in your body.  The Massage Experience will make you a believer!

Body Manipulation, Bodywork, and Massage are terms often used inter-changeably to refer to any of the hands-on healing systems available.  Each one has its own philosophy, techniques, health benefits and limitations.

The entire body benefits from the increased flow of blood with its life-giving oxygen and nutrients.  This is coupled with more efficient removal of waste materials from the cells and organs as well.  Although there are many systems in the body, the following refers only to those that are most affected by massage.

SPECIFIC BENEFITS OF MASSAGE BY BODY SYSTEM...

For the SKELETAL System:

  • Maintains posture and body balance
  • Reduces muscular tension that eventually causes structural problems

For the MUSCULAR System:

  • Relieves muscle tension and relaxes muscle spasms
  • Helps eliminate lactic acid from muscles
  • Helps restore tone to flaccid muscles and partially compensates for lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury

For the CIRCULATORY System:

  • Improves blood circulation and reduces clogging of veins and arteries
  • Eases the strain on the heart by helping return blood to this vital organ, especially when a person is confined with limited activity
  • Enhances the lymphatic system, which strengthens the immune system and helps eliminate toxins from the body

For the NERVOUS System:

  • A tranquilizing effect on the central nervous system.
  • Soothing effects are naturally induced by endorphins, the body’s own pain killers
  • Immediate advantage in dealing with today’s over-stressed lifestyles

For the RESPIRATORY System:

  • Improves breathing patterns
  • Increases oxygen transfer to the blood
  • Helps relieve many long-term respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis

For the DIGESTIVE System:

  • Enhances the function of the liver
  • Acts as a cleanser, helping eliminate waste products, particularly in those who suffer from constipation
  • Relieves spastic colon

For the URINARY System:

  • Massaging the kidneys can cleanse the body and tone up the entire system
  • For problems of swelling in the body, massage can effect the elimination of fluids

Most importantly, an understanding of how your body works will aid you in your overall health regimen.  Massage should be an integral part of that regimen.   Massage is an art as well as a science.

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