Massage is a supportive therapy, assisting our bodies to ignite the rest and digest response of our nervous system. Most of us are “plugged in”, 24-7. Life is busy, fast and demanding. We are always trying to do more and as a result, deplete our energy tanks.
Even one massage per month can help to reduce the amount of stress hormones our bodies release. This can help to reduce anxiety, pain, headaches, fatigue and muscle soreness, as well as improve sleep. Regular massage helps to calm the nervous system, lift your mood, and give your body TRUE relaxation.
Other ways to honor your body and gain true relaxation include stepping away from your devices and your to-do lists, even for a few hours a week. Begin to journal or spend 30 minutes enjoying time outside. Visit a spa or float center. Take time to practice meditation/mindfulness. Whatever it is that you do, do it with the intention of becoming more present in daily life. Stress and pain from chronic illness’ and injuries can also benefit from massage, as it supports the stress reducing hormones to activate and relieve the body and mind from the stress of daily symptoms. Chronic issues like joint pain, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, as well as soft tissue and sports injuries can all benefit. Research has even shown that massage helps to lower blood pressure and heart rate, leading you to a healthier heart. With the end of the year approaching, we begin to think about our 2019 goals and resolutions. A startling 90% of us will not follow through on those resolutions. Part of that is due to daily stress which can make it hard for people to control their behavior. The Mayo Clinic has linked stress to overeating, drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco use and social withdrawal. Keeping your stress in check is a great way to meet your 2019 goals. Whether you’re working to be healthier, or trying to stay in shape, massage is a powerful tool to help you reach your goals.
At A2 Physical Therapy, our therapists are trained in both clinical and wellness massage therapy, which is often covered by insurance. We offer a range of styles, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, and more. If you would like to learn more about our massage therapy offerings, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 253-844-4137
"I began treatment with Alika after a back injury at work. I had already been out of work 3 weeks. Alika had an immediate impact on my back health and posture, providing more relief than I had felt with chiropractic/massage. Over the following month Alika used a unique spinal technique alongside other treatments and strengthening methods to improve my condition and get me back to work. I’ve been to several other clinics in my time as a competitive athlete and Alikas therapy coupled with his attentiveness to patients problems and injuries is second to none. Would highly recommend Alika and A2 PT to anyone with back issues or P.T. needs"
"It was very helpful to be taught exercises I could do at home to alleviate the pain in my back and to make my stomach/diaphragm stronger. It was a great experience and I took away a lot of knowledge to help myself."
− T. Docherty
"Physically and mentally as healthy as I can be is my goal. My father lived to 93 and fairly healthy physically and mentally. My mother is 96 years old and is failing mentally and physically. I have watched the good and bad of aging. My chances of longevity is good but I want to be mentally and physically as healthy as I can be. Not until I started working out with Kristi Cruz at A2 did I know how to prepare myself for my road ahead. Kristi has given me the tools and information for me to understand what I need. She has led me by my hands and feet to improve me physically and talked and explained to help me understand the process. Working out with Kristi two or three times per week is a priority and my recipe for good mental and physical health. My name is Geri Markham and I am 71 years old. I feel as fit as I could be at my age. I have to give all the credit to Kristi Cruz at A2 for walking with me through the process. I would recommend Kristi totally if you are interested in learning to be physically and mentally healthy as you move on in life. Life is good thanks to A2 and Kristi Cruz."