Massage: Healing Through Touch

Throughout history, physicians and healers from all cultures and backgrounds have utilized the healing and restorative effects of massage in their medicinal practices. In modern day, massage therapists work alongside doctors as an integral part of the health care team. Countries such as Germany, China, and Japan either cover massage therapy with national health insurance or have massage wards in their hospitals. In the United States, the medicinal use of massage began to decline in the early part of the 20th century as pharmaceutical, technological, and surgical medicine began rapidly evolving.

Alas! We must not forget all that massage therapy has to offer! There are numerous varieties and techniques of massage that focus on relieving different pains and discomforts. For example, techniques such as deep tissue massage can alleviate chronic muscle pain and significantly reduce inflammation from arthritis. In addition, an aromatherapy massage can improve circulation, help heal wounds, detoxify the skin, and encourage relaxation. A plethora of scientific studies have shown that the effects of a good massage go much deeper than the skin. A massage can be invigorating or sedating, depending which type you receive.

Whatever benefit you are looking to obtain from a massage, we hope you will give CNY Healing Arts the opportunity to provide it to you. Click here to contact the location nearest to you and schedule a massage session today. See below the many benefits you can enjoy!

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Improves circulation of blood
  • Increase of blood flow to stiff and aching muscles
  • Greater ease of movement
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Unblocks stagnant life energy and opens the body
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Improves general tone
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Creates body awareness
  • Relieves mental and physical fatigue
  • Triggers the body’s natural release of pain-killing endorphins
  • Improves circulation of lymphatic fluid
  • Releases toxins
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Releases tension
  • Reduces stress and anxiety, promotes relaxation: helps decrease blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increases energy and motivation
  • Helps alleviate joint pain
  • Stimulates internal organs
  • Helps speed up healing from strained muscles and pulled ligaments
  • Reduces swelling
  • Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Assists with healing of wounds
  • Aids rehabilitation
  • Improve posture
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and eye-strain

Benefits Of Maya Abdominal Therapy For All Athletes

Woman Athletes and Maya Massage, CNY Healing ArtsFor the past year, CNY Healing Arts has been utilizing Maya Abdominal Therapy on a number of female and male athletes to alleviate a number of chronic injuries.  During this time, we have noticed a significant improvement with uterine and pelvic displacement with these clients.  As everyone begins to increase their training in preparation for the Skinnyman, this is a different massage modality that you may want to incorporate into your daily routine.  Maya Abdominal Therapy is a non-invasive, external massage technique that focuses on guiding internal abdominal organs into their proper position.  The massage helps with a number of issues including lymphatic and circulatory congestion in the abdomen, poor alignment of pelvic bones, and chronic muscle spasms around the low back and sacrum.

The blockage of the flow of fluid in and out of the abdominal region is the main cause of a displaced uterus, and congested prostate. Any distortion in uterine placement or prostate size can result in a decrease of blood flow to the organs. Lymph can be restricted by compression from organs and contraction of muscles.

For women, a major cause of uterine displacement is from running on cement surfaces.  The feet repeatedly striking a hard surface pulls uterine ligaments downward and forward and can cause weak pelvic floor muscles.  These ligaments can be stretched to their maximum tolerance in just one running session.   For both men and women, if the pelvis is displaced, it can lead to issues with IT Band Syndrome and knee pain.

Over worked and fatigued muscles around the lumbar and sacral areas can result in painful spasms and a lack of mobility.  These nerves can become irritated due to compression from these spasms. Many times individuals with chronic low back pain have experienced some type of trauma to the sacrum such as falling on ice, falling down stairs or car accidents.

Maya Abdominal Therapy can help to relieve many of these issues and help to eliminate injuries.  When you come in for a treatment we also teach everyone a 10 minute routine of self care.  Each individual is different and the time frame of change is equally different.  The self care is crucial for changes to take place and those who perform it daily, notice the biggest difference.

-Erika Lutwin BS, LMT

Please call me at CNY Healing Arts in Rochester for more information at 585-244-1280 ext. 2