The Value of Massage Therapy
It was February 14, 2003 when I woke up after 6 uninterrupted hours of sleep and wondered what was wrong. Could it be that a 60 minute massage session had induced a normal sleeping pattern that had eluded me for years? I woke up with feeling no pain or grogginess and wondered if this is what normal people felt. With my second session since being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I recieved the same benefits and more. This started my journey into massage therapy and its healing effects with the integration of holistic healing into my life.
Years later I am a Certified Massage Therapist, who assists my clients with their bodies healing. There are some people that consider massage as a luxury with a spa setting, but many massage clients can speak differently to that opinion.
• Working in a high stress office jobs for more than thirty years I was diagnosed with many of the repetitive movement patterns that my clients come in with. That makes a difference to the tax accountants that value their chair massages during their high stress times this year.
• You can ask the retired gentleman who thought his hip would never allow him to play golf again how he felt on the 18th hole in September after 3 months of regular neuromuscular massage and if massage made a difference in his life.
• You can ask the Cerebral Palsy client the value of regular deep tissue and clinical massage that was able to have scar tissue broken down. His leg muscles were rehabilitated and circulation improved so that he has 95% less falls per year.
• Ask the mother of the a two year old and three month old of the value of massage as pain is relieved in her shoulder and neck as well as inflammation of the tendons in the elbow and if that improved her quality of life.
• Perhaps the client with Parkinson ’s disease can tell you about the value of reducing of medications because of more body control with the mental healing benefits massage.
• The seventy-six year old woman that received her first massage for relaxation will tell you the value of improved neck movement that she had not had for sixteen years.
• The forty-five year old man that plays 2 hours of soccer 2-3 times a week will tell the value of massage for tired muscles and how it aids in injury prevention.
• The fibromyalgia client that receives gentle touch massage but also improved shoulder range of motion because of a rotator cuff injury and her avoidance of frozen shoulder.
• Ask the accident victim that receives the muscle relaxation to support the bone structure that her chiropractor is adjusting if her walking and standing upright makes a difference when her pain is reduced.
Each of these clients can tell you a different value of what massage has done for them. Or just ask me. It changed my life. I was diagnosed 15 years ago with Fibromyalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and couldn’t give a handshake without pain.
Written by Tammy Shaw-Sykes, Clinical Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist in addition to Yoga Therapist that is the owner of Shift Fitness and Massage, LLC. A Supportinve, Holistic, Informational, Functional Therapies with Northeast Energy facility.