“Massage therapy has been shown to relieve depression, especially in people who have chronic fatigue syndrome; other studies also suggest benefit for other populations.”
Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques. It can be used to benefit the individual in many ways, including, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, increase circulation, release toxins, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity.
Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows or forearm.
At Living with Intention massage therapy may be used as a component of a patient or client’s comprehensive treatment plan or as a stand-alone therapy for the treatment of a variety of dysfunctions, including muscle tension, anxiety, chronic pain and depression. Our Certified Massage Therapist, Kelley Keesling, works with each individual, in coordination with other members of our clinical team as appropriate, to develop a treatment plan that restores individuals to optimal health.
Clients report increased mobility and flexibility, decreased anxiety, improvements in depressive symptoms, and decreases in chronic pain following massage therapy.