I met Dan Cunningham a certified Massage Specialist http://ccm.abmp.com/benefits-of-massage at a local business show and scheduled a massage.
I opted for a 45 minute introductory full body massage. Well despite having some reservations the massage session was great. I felt very comfortable at all times. I don't believe I went to sleep, but when Dan finally said were done and left the room so I could dress; the session actually took 75 minutes. All through the session I was asked for feedback to make sure that I was comfortable and that Dan wasn't using too much pressure.
At the end of the session I felt very relaxed and all I really wanted to do was take a nap right there on the table. Dan said to expect some soreness or tenderness. Kinda the like when you exercise as the massage does create micro tears in the muscles.
The only discomfort I felt was in my right leg, but that went away in a day or so. I happily pad for the additional time as Dan explain that because it was my first time and I had a lot of tensed muscles a longer session was necessary. I scheduled another session for next week.
So was it a "Miracle"? Time will tell. But I did feel the massage made me feel better less aches and more flexibility. I will keep you updated on my experience.
Here are some benefits of a massage. (Taking from Dan's website http://ccm.abmp.com/benefits-of-massage
Benefits of Massage
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.