Cloud 9 Healing Therapies & Spa - Benefits/Contraindications
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Benefits of Massage
 
Swedish Massage is what people normally associate with massage therapy, although there are many other techniques, each with its own unique benefits. The Swedish variety is a smooth kneading technique, designed primarily to relax your muscles by applying pressure, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The lymph system and veins both rely on muscle action, rather than heart pump pressure, to operate.

Swedish Massage will NOT ONLY relax your muscles, BUT ALSO improve your circulation, remove toxins, quicken nutrient transport, help you obtain a feeling of connectedness, and a better awareness of your body and the way you use and position it. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissue of lactic acid, uric acid and other metabolic wastes. It improves circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches your ligaments and tendons, keeping them supple. Swedish Massage stimulates your skin and simultaneously relaxes the nerves themselves. It provides relief to people of all ages - from infants to seniors - and from all walks of life - the weekend or competitive athlete to the home gardener or overstressed, overworked executive.
 
Treating Your Body
 
Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension, which, experts believe, accounts for 80%-90% of disease. Massage has been proven beneficial in treating cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain, immunity suppression, spinal cord injury, autism, post-operative surgery, age-related disorders, infertility, eating disorders, smoking cessation, and depression, to name just a few.
"Often times people are stressed in our culture. Stress-related disorders make up between 80-and-90 percent of the ailments that bring people to family-practice physicians. What they require is someone to listen, someone to touch them, someone to care. That does not exist in modern medicine. One of the complaints heard frequently is that physicians don't touch their patients any more. Touch just isn't there. Years ago massage was a big part of nursing. There was so much care, so much touch, so much goodness conveyed through massage. Now nurses for the most part are as busy as physicians. They're writing charts, dealing with insurance notes, they're doing procedures and often there is no room for massage any more.

I believe massage therapy is absolutely key in the healing process not only in the hospital environment but because it relieves stress, it is obviously foundational in the healing process any time and anywhere."

Joan Borysenko - Massage Journal Interview, Fall 1999
Physical Benefits of 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 postoperative
  • Rehabilitation after injury.

Mental Benefits of Massage
 
  • 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
Source: AMTA
Contraindications...
 
 There are a number of situations in which massage is contraindicated, meaning that it is not recommended. In all cases, it is important to disclose any underlying medical conditions and concerns you may have to your massage therapist, so that he or she can adjust the session to fit your body and needs. It is also a good idea to discuss massage with your doctor, as he or she may believe that massage is contraindicated for you, or the doctor may have recommendations for modalities which would be best suited to your condition.
 
With all of the following conditions, massage is contraindicated: fever, infection, broken bones, infectious disease, high blood pressure, tumors, open wounds, muscle ruptures, heavy bruising, herniation, burns, myositis ossificans, thrombosis, and bleeding disorders such as hemophilia. Massage is also not recommended for people with severe heart conditions and some skin infections. Some gastrointestinal complaints can also be complicated by massage, and at the very least, massage can be uncomfortable in these situations, so you may want to discuss such situations with a massage therapist before you begin.
 
In some cases, it is safe to get massage, but the therapist should avoid deepwork. These situations include massage on the elderly, along with people who have osteoporosis, arthritis, and rheumatism. Deep work is also contraindicated for people with autoimmune diease, Hodgkin's disease, recent scar tissue, and conditions like arteriosclerosis.
 
There are some conditions for which massage can be beneficial for some people, but not for others. For example, some doctors say that massage is contraindicated for cancer, while others recommend gentle massage for cancer patients. Joint dysfunction can be greatly eased by massage, but it can also be exacerbated, and likewise for some psychiatric conditions. Massage is also not recommended directly at the site of varicose veins.
 
Some people believe that massage is contraindicated for women who are menstruating. This is not, in fact, the case; in fact, massage can sometimes help with cramping. However, as a courtesy, you should ask the massage therapist if he or she is comfortable working on you. Massage can also be highly beneficial for pregnant women, when it is offered by a provider who has been trained to offer pregnancy massage.
 
This is by no means an exhaustive list of conditions for which massage is contraindicated. If you have a rare medical condition or you are taking medication to treat a specific medical issue, always consult your doctor before making an appointment for a massage.
 
Reasons Why NOT to Spa When You’re Sick:

1. Massages can make you sicker, faster. Since massage gets your blood circulating better, it can make whatever sickness is happening spread more efficiently, too. It can turn a minor head cold into full-on illness.
2. Getting sick is your body telling you to slow down and rest. A massage is relaxing, yes, but it’s actually work for your body to respond to the stimulating touch techniques, such as shiatsu and reflexology. Bodies can’t heal when they’re working.
3. During a facial, hot steam is most often used to open up your pores. When it’s cold out (which it is today), going back and forth between hot and cold temperatures will shock your system… another way to make you even sicker. It’s normally a revitalizing therapy to switch between hot and cold, but your body just can’t handle it the same way when you’re under the weather.
4. Same goes for steam rooms and saunas. You may feel good inside them, but it’s not good to play with temperature shifts like that when you’re sick. Bodies don’t “sweat out” germs, so it’s not actually healing you. Also, you might faint.
5. When you’re not feeling up to speed, you won’t enjoy your spa treatment as much as you should. A therapist always wants you to be relaxed and feel wonderful, which you can’t do if you’re coughing up phlegm and you need another tissue.
6. Being sick means your immune system is weakened, which makes you more susceptible to any germs that may be lurking in a jacuzzi or changing room. Being in a public space in general is a bad idea.
7. Probably the most obvious reason: germs spread. When you’re inside a steam room, sauna, or even a treatment room with your therapist, your nasty little germs are creeping everywhere. That’s inconsiderate to everyone else!
 
 
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