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Medicinal Benefits of Massage: Learn the Physiological Response of the Body to Massage Therapy

Jan 17, 2017 05:35AM ● By Mae McDonnell

Deep-tissue massage is a highly effective therapy that can be used to restore the physical body and reduce stress levels, which in turn helps bring balance back to the physical body. Studies of deep-tissue massage have found that there is a decrease in neuron activity in the massaged muscle. When this decrease takes place, a corresponding signal is sent to the spine, which signals a similar decrease in other parts of the body. This means deep-tissue massage therapy literally calms the nervous system and relaxes the muscles and fascia. Other positive physiological effects include a reduction of stress hormones, a rise in endorphins, increased blood circulation and lymphatic flow, detoxification and increased the range of motion. In this workshop you will experience a one-hour massage demonstration and learn the “why” behind the physiological benefits of deep-tissue massage therapy.

Mae McDonnell is a licensed massage therapist specializing in deep tissue massage therapy. Her approach to the technique begins with lighter pressure and slowly builds to deeper pressure. The goal is to convince the nervous system to relax, which will, in turn, encourage the muscles to relax enough to trust her to do the deeper work. The amount of pressure varies from client to client, and so Mae seeks to find the client’s threshold to avoid stepping into pain and irritating the nervous system. Clients leave their sessions feeling physically restored and far less stressed. Mae is also a master-level Reiki practitioner, CAPPA-certified doula and certified AromaTouch therapist. She is currently studying to become a nurse practitioner.

For more information, contact Mae at [email protected] or 850-225-4031.

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