Rapha Bodywork

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Benefits of Massage and Bodywork

Bodywork and massage are not just pampering activities! Studies have shown massage has a broad impact on various physical, mental, and emotional levels. It has been shown to:

  • lessen chronic pain
  • improve flexibility and range of motion
  • lessen anxiety
  • help mitigate stress
  • increase circulation
  • address postural issues
  • decrease insomnia
  • improve digestion
  • assist in post-exercise recovery
  • reduce fatigue

Bodywork causes a response in two different ways - structural and neurological. Structurally, massage and bodywork produce change by the physical manipulation of your body tissues. When your therapist helps you stretch or works out a tight knot in a muscle they are causing a structural change.

The 'relaxation response' is a predictable, involuntary response from your nervous system. It causes a decrease in the amount of stress hormones produced by your body as well as an increase the amount of seratonin that is released. Blood pressure decreases, muscles soften, heart rate and respiration slow, digestion activity increases - in short, you relax!


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