Portland Massage: Gaining Recognition in Oregon as an Alternative Medical Treatment

18October 2020

Ready to schedule your Portland massage? According to AMTA (the American Massage Therapy Association), massage is now the most popular form of alternative and complementary medicine used inside hospitals today for treatment of pain, stress relief, mental health, and overall wellbeing.  In fact, massage provides care for both body and mind.

As more and clinical research studies are performed confirming the benefits of massage, the results show that the health rewards of massage are many.

Therapeutic massage demonstrates the following benefits:

  • Helps reduce stress and tension
  • Helps improve mood
  • Relieves pain and inflammation
  • Accelerates the process of healing
  • Assists with body detoxification
  • Enhances mobility and postural alignment

Massage can help more than thirty diverse medical issues. About one-third of these conditions are related to pain, including arthritis, joint disorders, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Massage can help improve heart health, lower high blood pressure, and even benefit symptomatic Parkinson’s disease patients.

More and more health experts are admitting that massage makes a wonderful adjunctive treatment to the usual conventional medical regimens, including the use of prescription drugs for pain. It’s important to remember that massage cannot necessarily replace traditional medical care.

And massage cannot be classified as a cure. That’s because the patient must continue with regular massage sessions in order for the health enhancement to last. Let’s not sell massage short, however. With regular massage sessions, many positive effects may be noted.

How Your Portland Oregon Massage Session Works

Generally, massage takes place under a sheet or blanket in a comfortably warm private room. You can disrobe according to your comfort level. However, even undressed, your body will be draped in a way that little will be exposed at one time, usually an arm, a leg, or the back region.

Typically, you will start by lying face down on the massage table. However, certain massage styles, such as shiatsu or Thai, may place you on a futon on the floor.

The massage therapist will use deep pressure to your tolerance, together with long, rhythmical strokes along your body’s muscles. Most massage clients enjoy a sense of comfort and security.

The massage techniques help signal the body to deeply relax. It’s your time to let go of the stress response constantly keeping us on high alert. Eventually, you may become deeply relaxed or even fall asleep.  The amount of pressure used varies, based not only on your tolerance, but also on the form of massage. For example, Swedish massage employs lighter pressure than a deep tissue type of massage. You can help your massage therapist learn the amount of pressure you desire by communicating any discomfort or pain you might feel.

Research shows that massage reduces levels of the hormone called cortisol, allowing further relaxation to take place. Massage gently stimulates blood and lymph circulation. Enhanced blood flow can enhance cardiovascular health. Better lymphatic drainage can assist with detoxifying your body.

Your massage therapist may use oil to allow his or her hands to glide more smoothly over your skin. Oil also helps nourish and moisturize the skin, making it even more supple. Some therapists use aromatherapy, which utilizes essential oils from certain plants with health-enhancing properties.

The wonderful smell is a side benefit of the aromatherapy oil applied to your body, but your health and healing comprise the key benefits. A few common oils used in aromatherapy include lavender, regarded as relaxing and calming, the oil neroli, known to uplift and elevate mood, and eucalyptus, used for coughs and colds, emotional clarity, and enhancing energy levels.

An added benefit of massage is feeling restful and possibly sleepy after your session. Enjoy this time to rest and heal. For the remainder of the day after your massage, try to rest and allow the deep healing to take place. Of course, massage can also help you sleep more soundly; research clearly supports this.

Combine Massage With Medical Care for the Most Benefit

Numerous research studies have noted that massage can benefit the painful muscle condition fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression, asthma, headaches, and pain related to various health disorders. For patients with cancer and HIV, massage can help encourage relaxation, boost mood, and reduce pain.

With such remarkable benefits, it’s no wonder that so many Portland Oregon residents are turning to massage as an adjunct to their mainstream medical care. If staying healthy is a priority for you, it’s a smart idea to make regular massage a key aspect of your lifestyle. Some people enjoy massage as a way to pamper and indulge themselves or even use it as a reward for working hard.

Make sure to use a well-qualified massage practitioner who understands the limits of massage treatment and when it should not be used. Massage should never be performed near any blood clot, tumor, open wound, or over particularly sensitive areas, especially after undergoing radiation therapy.

Enjoy this fun way to achieve overall health and well-being — schedule your Portland massage today!


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