Treat Yourself to the Massage You Deserve!

You may have many questions about massage therapy or about A Touch of Solitude and the types of massage you can choose from. If you never had a massage before, it is helpful to know what to expect. We hope this web site will answer some of your questions and inform you of the options that are available to you. Don’t hesitate to call our facility to ask any question, or to simply make an appointment.

How Does Massage Affect Our Bodies?

Touch is fundamental to our physical and mental well-being. From the soothing touches of a mother on her baby’s back to the healing massages that hospital nurses were known to do, touch brings a sense of caring and inspires trust. Touch is a natural and instinctive means of promoting relaxation and restoration to a sense of well-being. The touch of a massage therapist combines both science and art in a caring and trusting environment.

Virtually every system of the body is affected by massage, either directly or indirectly. Here is a guide to how your body can benefit:

The skeletal system: Bone is affected indirectly by massage. Improved circulation of blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the bones. Joint stiffness and pain can be reduced. As the muscles become more flexible, joint movement increases.

The muscular system: Some massage movements relax and stretch muscles, reducing muscular tension and cramp. Massage also makes muscles more flexible by reducing muscle tone. Muscles tired by exercise are more quickly restored by massage than by rest.

The nervous system: Soothing massage can provide relief from nervous irritability and stress-related conditions such as insomnia and tension headaches. When used energetically to stimulate, massage may relieve lethargy and fatigue.

Circulation system: Massage can improve the flow of blood, which can help poor circulation. This is especially useful for anyone who is immobile.

Lymphatic system: Gentle massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps clear the body of a build-up of waste products. The relaxing effect of the massage can relieve stress, which in turn can boost the immune system.

Respiratory system: As you become more relaxed during a massage, respiration may become slower and deeper as you are using your diaphragm for breathing and expending less energy. Physiotherapists use cupping movements over the base of the lungs to relieve chest congestion.

Digestive system: Massage aids relaxation and therefore can help to increase the movement of food and waste products through the digestive system. This relaxation can have a balancing effect on the digestive system.

Urinary system: Waste products that have been released during massage find their way via the blood to the kidneys where they may be filtered out and eliminated.

Female reproductive system: Menstrual problems such as period pains and PMS can be alleviated by the relaxing effects of massage, as can menopausal symptoms.

Stress: Experts estimate that 80 percent to 90 percent of disease is stress-related. A Touch of Solitude is here to combat that frightening number by helping you remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and can increase your concentration. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.

Check out the list of benefits under FAQ, Massage is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.

The incredible benefits of massage are doubly powerful if taken in regular “doses.” Studies have shown you can benefit from massage even in small doses (15 minutes of chair massage or half-hour table sessions), receiving bodywork 2-3 times a week is highly beneficial. Society has taken our break time and replaced it with today’s technology; we need to find a way to get our rejuvenating time back for our health sake.
It’s undoubtedly a wonderful thing when your therapist at A.T.O.S begins unwinding those stress-tightened muscles, and your day’s troubles begin to fade away. But it’s the cherry on top to know this “medicine” only gets better with frequency.

No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage. Pain that’s more significant than momentary discomfort could indicate that something’s wrong. If a massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up it doesn’t have to hurt to be affective. In fact it defeats the purpose of massage if you’re clenching your muscles in defense and saying to yourself “I can bear it”.

Massage therapy can relieve pain, reduce swelling caused by inflammation, enhance mobility of joints, and helps to alleviate emotional and mental tension. A Touch of Solitude has made a special effort to provide an appropriately relaxing physical environment that encourages contentment and a feeling of comfort and solitude.

We are Nationally Certified Massage Therapists providing treatment in Wakefield, MA and to Wakefield, Stoneham, Melrose, Saugus, Lynnfield, Reading, North Reading, Woburn, Wilmington, Beverly, Danvers, Boston, Chelsea, Charlestown, Andover, Salem, Lexington, Waltham, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Lynn, Route 1, Route 95, Route 128, Route 93, and the surrounding communities.

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