Your body is a most magnificent piece of machinery. Its functions are many and are taken for granted. As with any machinery, if proper maintenance is observed it will last a long time. Your body can generally take quite a bit of abuse; from the pollution in the air to the preservatives we consume in our convenience foods to the stress we impose on ourselves in our daily routine. All these things and more can contribute to a loss in optimum function.
Massage is a great way to service your machinery. Your brain releases endorphins (feel good chemicals) into your body as a result of touch. Massage has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and increase the release of serotonin, a lack of which is attributed to depression and slower muscle repair. Massage also speeds up the release of toxins from your body, which makes more room for the absorption of nutrition. These are just a few benefits not generally thought of.
Massage is generally sort after when there are symptoms such as tight shoulders and headaches. We can certainly help with those as well as injury management and / or rehabilitation. Those of you who have sports orientated goals, massage can help improve your performance and decrease time lost to injury by prevention.