Releases Tension and Promotes Relaxation
Muscle tension, whether from normal activity or from awkward movement or
stress, contributes to muscle fatigue and pain by compressing nerve fiber in
the muscle. Prolonged contraction interferes with the elimination of chemical
wastes in the muscles and surrounding tissues, and can cause frequent nerve and
muscle pain. If not properly addressed these body tensions have a tendency to
build into chronic patterns of stress.
Prolonged tension can often cause pain in other parts of the body. For
example, headaches are often caused by overly tense muscles in the neck,
shoulders, and lower back. Even contracted abdominal muscles can trigger
headaches in certain people (a common complaint of women with menstrual
For these tension-related conditions, The NAC and its licensed Massage
Therapist can break these accumulated metabolic wastes often form "trigger
points" with muscles. These are specific areas that are painful to the touch.
"They feel like knots or ropes with the muscle and perpetuate muscle
tension." By applying deep pressure to these points, the tension or spasm can
often be eliminated
Within the past decade, an overwhelming
accumulation of scientific evidence has supported the claim
that massage therapy is beneficial.
dilates or opens up blood vessels, improving the circulation
and relieving congestion.
acts as a cleanser for the elimination of wastes and toxic
debris as in constipation.
relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension.
increases the blood supply and nutrition to muscles produced
through voluntary muscle contraction. Massage thus helps
to overcome harmful "fatigue" products resulting from strenuous
exercise or injury.
improves muscle tone and helps prevent or delay muscular
a nutritious calorie- deficient diet can be an aid to reducing
body fat in that it may burst fat capsules in the subcutaneous
tissue so that the fat exudes and becomes absorbed.
increases the excretion (via the kidneys) of fluids and
nitrogen, inorganic phosphorous and salt in normal individuals.
improves the general circulation and nutrition of tissues.
It is accompanied or followed by an increased interchange
of substances between the blood and tissue cells, heightening
encourages the retention of nitrogen, phosphorous and sulphur
necessary for tissue repair in persons convalescing from
the bone fractures.
alleviates pain resulting from swelling and inflammation
of joints as in arthritis.
helps eliminate edema of the extremities.
disperses the edema following injury to ligaments and tendons,
lessens pain facilitates movement.