Blue Bridge Massage & Yoga - Benefits and Definitions
Blue Bridge Massage & Yoga - Building Bridges from Body to Mind
HOLISTIC BENEFITS OF MASSAGE:

Body 
  • Health Maintenance
  • Deep relaxation and stress reduction
  • Relief of tension-related headaches and eye-strain
  • Healthier, better nourished skin
  • Improved posture
  • Faster healing and reduced pain from injury
  • Reduced formation of scar tissue after injury
  • Stronger immune system to prevent disease
  • Relief of muscle tension and stiffness
  • Reduced muscle spasm and tension
  • Greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Increased ease and efficiency of movement
  • Better circulation of both blood and lymph
 
Mind
  • Relaxed state of alertness
  • Reduced mental stress; a calmer, more quiet mind
  • Greater ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
  • Increased capacity for clearer thinking
 
Spirit
  • Satisfying the need for caring and nurturing touch
  • Feeling of well-being
  • Greater ease of emotional expression
  • Enhanced self-image
  • Reduced levels of anxiety
  • Increased awareness of the mind-body connection
  • A sense of being unified and in harmony




HOLISTIC DEFINITIONS
OF MASSAGE:

“ It is impossible to touch clients without them in turn touching us. A touch given is at the same time a touch received.”
 --Fritz, Sandy, Mosby’s

Massage n.—manipulation of tissue (as by rubbing, kneading, or tapping) with the hand or an instrument for therapeutic purposes. 

Massage vt.—to treat flatteringly.
The word massage is thought to be derived from several cultural sources.            
1. Latin massa and the Greek masein and 
    masso mean to touch, handle, squeeze,
    or knead.
2. French verb masser—to knead.     
3. Arabic mass or mass’h and the 
    Sanskrit makeh--press softly.

Therapist n.—one specializing in therapy; esp: a person trained in methods of treatment and rehabilitation other than the use of drugs or surgery. 

Touch n.—to lay hands upon; to relate to; to leave a mark or impression on; to bring a bodily part into contact with especially so as to perceive through the tactile sense; handle or feel gently usually with the intent to understand or appreciate; to strike or to push lightly especially with the hand or foot or an implement.  





(All definitions were taken from Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.) 


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