“Did you know, one of the primary benefits of Massage is its positive effect on inflammation?” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands). “Our bodies either resist pain, which takes energy, or heals itself. When Massage Therapists apply therapeutic touch, they free up energy and stimulate blood-flow. When directed toward the area of imbalance, inflammation is reduced and healing occurs,” she added.
As medical studies uncover mounting evidence, massage’s curative impact on disease is no longer just anecdotal. We now know that chronic and uncontrolled inflammation greatly contributes to the development of chronic illnesses. These include cardiovascular disease, asthma and autoimmune deficiencies.
Fortunately, the emotional and physical benefits of massage can substantially impact Inflammation without the negative side-effects of pain medications. Studies show that even just one hour of massage may decrease heart rate, create a drop in the body’s nerve impulses (relaxation response), reduce anxiety and provide relief from physical pain. Clients also experience a sense of emotional validation as their pain is acknowledged by the Practitioner.
Just as notable, therapeutic touch encourages positive neuro-chemical changes that affect the body and mind. Most massage modalities cause a release of Oxytocin, Dopamine and Serotonin. These powerful hormones can reduce depressed feelings and enhance mood, making it possible for natural healing to occur.
What Massage Therapists must take into consideration when treating inflammation is that aggressive pressure techniques can exacerbate chronic pain conditions. That’s why Students are taught multiple modalities and encouraged to remain present and focused on their client throughout the massage session. By observing their client’s reactions to touch, and encouraging open communication, Students are more consistently able to apply the appropriate pressure for their client’s unique health condition.
With more than 50 Massage and Holistic Health courses to choose from, Healing Hands’ makes it possible for Students to explore and pursue an area of specialty. A favorite among area Employers, no other school offers more opportunities for success as a Professional Massage Therapist than Healing Hands. Learn more on-line at https://hhs.edu/ or call us at 800.355.6463. Healing Hands School of Holistic Health “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992”.