Touch is the first sense to develop in humans. So, it is no surprise that when we are in pain, the first thing we do is touch, hold, and protect the area that hurts. It’s instinctive. We do this not only for ourselves but for other people. It is an entirely natural and accessible form of social support that can be employed by anyone anywhere. It can communicate love, value, care, and affection that provides a much-needed sense of connectedness with your fellow humans.
Experiencing positive and affirming touch is necessary for proper human development. It can help parent and child bond after childbirth. Skin-to-skin contact after delivery supports a physical and psychological connection between the newborn and the caregiver. In fact, infants deprived of touch often have a shorter lifespan than their counterparts. The lack of skin-to-skin contact at this early stage in development can slow their growth and interrupt neurochemical messages.
Our skin is in constant communication with our brain. It is one giant communication system. To give you an idea of how massively important it is regarding communicating information via the nervous system, a section of skin about the size of a quarter contains 12 feet of nerves, millions of cells, and 50 nerve endings. It is the gateway to how our brain perceives touch. Even if someone has mostly experienced negative touch throughout their lives, it is possible to retrain the brain to perceive touch as a positive and safe experience. Massage therapy can help with this.
Here are some ways massage therapy is beneficial:
- Massage has a sedative effect, which helps with insomnia.
- It can release positive hormones like oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. These hormones help to combat depression.
- Massage therapy has been found to decrease anxiety after heart surgery.
- According to the American Massage Therapy Association, “Nurturing touch and regular sensory integration appear to reduce the social, communication, behavioral, learning, thinking and problem solving-challenges associated with [autism spectrum disorders] ASD. In particular, craniosacral therapy and deep pressure massage are receiving attention as a possible means to help manage ASD behavioral patterns” (Shryer 2017).
- Massage therapy also promotes circulation to injured parts of the body. This brings nutrients and blood to the area which helps to speed the healing process.
- Oncology centers throughout the United States use massage therapy with cancer patients to help with the side effects of chemotherapy.
As you can see, massage therapy has medicinal effects. Giving the gift of massage therapy is a great way to share its many benefits with your loved one.
Yours in Health,
Are looking for someone with massage therapy expertise, who also knows the ins and outs of therapeutic massage? look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA. Gift cards are available.
To Schedule your appointment today call 267-584-3015 or schedule online massagebluebell.com
Resources: Shryer, D. (2017). Breaking through: Autism + massage. Retrieved from https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/3/MTJ/detail/3642/breaking-through-massage-autism
Prenatal massage is my specialty. As a prenatal massage therapist, I have taken extra training to provide the safest and most comfortable massage available during your pregnancy. I’ve also been practicing prenatal massage for ten years and counting. Here is a snapshot of what to expect in one of my prenatal massage treatments.
What to expect:
When you call to schedule your appointment, I may not answer right away; I apologize in advance. 95% of the times I am in a massage session and cannot answer my phone. However, my lovely voice mail will direct you to my website to schedule the next available appointment. Yes, you can schedule your massage appointment online. It’s quick, easy, secure and user-friendly. This option is perfect when you are considering a massage late at night and don’t want to wait to call in the morning.
If and when you schedule your appointment online, I will call to touch base, give directions if needed, ask a few questions to prepare for your prenatal massage and to help you prepare for your massage session. You can also read my FAQs page for more info.
On the day of your appointment give yourself some time if you do not know the area. Walk down the short pathway thru the garden. My office is private, away from traffic and noise, very comfortable and clean.
What I use in the treatment:
You do have to complete a health assessment form (arrive ten mins before) and chat a little about your needs and how I can help facilitate your healing. I offer the choice of several different positioning options for your massage. These are either side-lying, semi-reclined or I use the bodyCushion™. I use the bodyCushion™ so you can lay face down with ease and comfort and it is very safe for you and your baby. Warm towels are applied to the treatment on the back and feet. Here is a short video demonstrating how it works.
Source: Youtube ~ bodyCushion Positioning For Pregnancy Part 3 of 3
I know how it feels to be pregnant; I know the aches and pains, the good days and the not so good days. I also know and have personally experienced the nurturing, therapeutic benefits of prenatal massage can have on an expecting mom. So come on in, leave your aches and pains on my pregnancy cushions.
5 Star Review
” Eleanor gave me two prenatal massages, one at 33 weeks and one at 38 weeks ( 2 days before I was induced). She checked in with me a few times during the massage to check for pressure and concentrated on my lower back and once I flipped over. which was my sorest area. The cushions that cradle your belly and allow you to lay on your front are comfy- I never felt any pressure on my stomach or ribcage. I plan on returning for regular massages in the future. Highly recommend!!!” ~ Karen S