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"I now consider Shellee's massages a necessity, not a luxury. She has a wonderful touch, is receptive to feedback, and leaves me feeling relaxed."

~KDB
   
The Massage Pad on Lake Bellevue
There are many documented benefits of Massage Therapy - a few are listed below:

  Massage Benefits at a Glance

  • Increase energy
  • Improve circulation
  • Increase lymphatic flow
  • Increase range of motion
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Decrease stress
  • Boost immune system
  • Increase muscle tone
  • Give competitive edge
  • Break down scar tissue
  • Improve posture
  • Decrease muscle fatigue
  • Relieve stiff joints
  • Aid in chiropractic success
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decrease heart rate
  • Improve alertness
  • Improve the outcome of labor and newborn health

  Massage and Hydrotherapy Massage

How massage and hydrotherapy benefits you:

Whole Body Health

Massage offers a competitve edge for sports players, singers, or your everyday employee seeking more energy and focus. Gain awareness of your body, and a feeling of balance and wholeness, which allows you to be nicer to your body by realizing and then lessening it's limits. Hydrotherapy, the use of heat or cold, adds to the benefits of massage. Ice pushes old blood out, and as you warm up, or add heat, fresh blood takes it's place. Heat relieves connective tissue disorders such as fibromyalgia, tendonitis, and arthritis.

Massage increases range of motion by breaking down scar tissue and stretching muscles and fascia. Increasing lymphatic flow heals you, as your lymphatic system is integral to your body's health maintenance. Lymphatic fluid is pushed along by muscular movement and has no pump, so movement of your body is required to keep it flowing. We can manually pump your lymph or get it moving with the brisk rubbing of a Body Scrub. This removes waste, increasing immunity. Another great way to improve lymphatic and vascular flow is by incorporating Far Infrared Sauna Therapy into your treatment.


Improved Circulation

How can massage decrease your heart rate while increasing circulation? As your blood is pushed through your circulatory system, your heart is able to slow down and pump more effectively. Blood is your body's personal repair system. Improved circulation brings about the return of blood to the heart, and in turn, pumps new blood throughout the body. This results in more oxygen, nutrients, electrolytes, and antibodies being carried to your muscles and vital organs, and metabolic waste being removed promptly.


Relaxation

How often do you have a quiet time to just let your stress go? A soothing touch can calm you, help you fall asleep, and cause your muscles to forget how tight they are. Stress reduction is proven to prevent many diseases . Massage can help you return to your daily activities pain and anxiety free after emotional stresses or injury accidents.


Postural Alignment

Muscle tissue, along with other body tissues, gets out of alignment just as our bones do. By releasing fascia, breaking down scar tissue, and treating hypertoned muscles, massages can help your body open up. Its seems that most of what we do today pulls our bodies forward, such as reaching for the keyboard, the steering wheel, the vacuum, lifting children or pets, and so on. We need something to pull us back up and out. Massage is that something. Whether you have your spouse, friend, or child rub your shoulders or you come in for a professional treatment... get a massage!


Energy Boost

We need energy! Massage gets your blood moving. Massage and hydrotherapy reduce fatigue as lactic acid is removed from your blood. Even though your blood is constantly pumping throughout your body, some veins and arteries may not be fully expanding and collapsing, causing waste to get caught up. When certain muscles get tight they can pinch arteries, causing reduced blood flow to the brain. Relaxing muscles allows your blood to flow freely, giving increased energy to each muscle as well as to your body as a whole, which helps prevent clots and strokes. By manually pumping the blood through, you are able to have full vasodialation, which is the main reason you want to drink extra water after a massage.


Injury Treatment and Rehabilitation

Within the first couple days of injury, an excess of tissue regrowth can occur, which may cause adhesions and or scar tissue. Immediately following an injury, other muscles will compensate for weakened structures. Massage addresses compensating muscles to reduce their fatigue. As time passes and bruising disappears, scar tissue and adhesions can be broken down at your injury site. Remember, in case of an injury, to always begin with ice and do not ever apply it directly to your skin. Apply ice immediately to the injured area to decrease swelling and possible tissue damage. Heat is used later when all signs of bruising and inflammation are gone. Get back to your old self or better with systematic massaging and use of ice and heat to both the injured and compensating muscle groups. Massage is an excellent way to advance healing caused by sports injury or auto accidents. Massage can heal whiplash, jaw, neck, facial pain, nerve impingement, back pain, leg pain, and foot pain. Increase your rate of recovery by adding a Far Infrared Sauna Therapy to your session.


Increased Chiropractic Success

As muscles relax and shift into place, your bones gain a better chance at returning to their intended alignment. I believe that chiropractic work without massage will cause the need for indefinite amounts of adjustments as the tight or displaced muscles pull the bones back out of place due to tissue memory. Because soft tissue retains a memory of where it is in the body it will migrate back to where it use to be, even after your bones are adjusted, pulling your bones back with them. Massage helps make soft tissue memory fuzzy. This way, pull on the bones will lessen each time and there will be need for fewer adjustments when massage is added into the mix. I also believe that massage has much better treatment results when combined with chiropractic care.


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