THE SCIENCE OF
We seek the expertise of a well trained therapist to help us recover from a localized pain, a stressful event, or that heavy feeling of being over-worked and run down. Holistic medicine helps the body, the mind, and the spirit be at ease.
By increasing circulation, cells carrying fresh oxygen can access painful areas congested with lactic acid, accumulated neutrophils (white blood cells) and substance P (a pain neurotransmitter), empowering the body's own ability to heal itself. Improved movement of blood also activates lymphatic flow, which is greatly beneficial because the lymphatic system doesn't have its own pump to move lymph around like the heart does for the blood. It can hitch a ride when therapeutic pressure is applied centripetally (towards the heart).
What's so important about lymph anyway? Increasing lymphatic flow improves immune function, counteracting the negative effects that chronic stress has on the body's strength to protect itself, or properly adapt to life's changes. Studies have shown that massage therapy produces increased levels of salivary Immunoglobulin A concentrations,
indicating stress reduction and immune enhancement.
Following a therapeutic and relaxing bodywork session, stress levels are reduced and there are decreased pain signals from the brain. This is referred as the Gate Theory of pain control. Finding a way to get relaxed is no luxury. It's pretty important for staying alive, healthy, and living better and longer. Therapeutic touch lessens muscle tension, lowers blood pressure, reduces levels of lactate in the blood, which are associated with anxiety, and improves the quality of sleep. Receiving care regularly lowers the level of blood cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, fatigue, depression and having a more-to-love figure.