Massage can help balance... restore... rejuvenate... transform... Massage relieves physical, mental, and emotional stress.
Archeological evidence suggests massage has been practiced in ancient civilizations that date as far back to 2330 BC in Egypt. Massage is referenced in ancient Chinese texts and is part of the foundation in ancient Chinese Medicine. Massage is also deeply rooted in other ancient cultures such as India, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia. During the middle part of the 19th Century, massage was introduced to the United States. As western medical techniques advanced, massage became less popular during the 1930’s and 40’s only to rise again in popularity during the 1970’s as nurses began using massage to help comfort patients. At this time, massage and other healing modalities continue to grow in popularity.
There are many forms and techniques of massage. However, the fundamentals of massage are the same: a manual manipulation of soft tissue through an application of rubbing, pulling, pressing or touching through different levels of pressure and speed. For example, in a Swedish massage, you will experience more long strokes and kneading of the soft tissue, while in Trigger Point therapy, there are sustained pressures directly at the sites of trigger points. Some of the most common forms of massage are Swedish, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point, Reflexology, Thai Massage, Sports, and Deep Tissue (not to be confused with “Deep Pressure”). Often a practitioner specializes in a specific technique or will use a blend of many techniques. This is often known as Therapeutic massage. In a Therapeutic massage session, the practitioner will gauge what techniques are to be used based on information that was provided to them during your pre-session intake.
Massage is an effective way to help manage stress, musculoskeletal restrictions and postural misalignments due to muscle tension/weakness. The benefits of massage include relief of muscle spasms, relaxation of tight muscles, and improved posture and overall feelings of well-being. With improved posture and muscle function, many symptoms such as headaches, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and TMJ syndrome can be improved. Regular massage treatments have been found to greatly enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. Since stress is so prevalent today, it is essential for the mind-body to have the opportunity to release and connect on a deep plane. Studies at University of Miami School of Medicine Touch Research Institute has shown that massage has far reaching benefits that include but are not limited to:
• Increases attentiveness and learning
• Facilitates growth
• Alleviates pain
• Improves immune function
• Reduces stress
• Supports effective digestion and breathing
• Lessens premenstrual symptoms
• Lowers blood pressure, anxiety and hostility levels in individuals with hypertension
• Reduces pain and increases range of motion in individuals with low back pain
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Mind-Body Services is home to Pennsylvania licensed practitioners who are committed to providing you with customizable therapy that fits your specific needs. We look forward to aiding your quest towards your desired state of health and wellness.
Beth Geiss is a Pennsylvania licensed massage therapist who specializes in John Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR). She aIso performs Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) and Therapeutic Massage. She graduated from Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy after an intensive 650-hour training program in multiple modalities. She decided on MFR as her concentration after she attended a seminar with John Barnes and felt its effect on the body and mind. Beth believes every person will benefit from MFR and welcomes a chance to introduce this special therapy to those who have never tried it. She will take the time to listen to your needs and create a treatment plan that is unique to you. Her website, www.myofascialfocus.com, goes into further details about her services and has online booking. Beth offers a $10 discount to anyone associated with Mind-Body Services.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our massage therapists at 610-664-6446 x4.
Beth can be contacted directly at 610-888-0118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.