Deep Tissue Massage: Reducing Pain and Adding Years
Apr 27, 2012 01:08PM
● By Lisa Marlene
According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, massage may boost longevity. People that experienced a single deep-tissue massage showed an average seven-point drop in both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as an 11-beat-per-minute decrease in their resting heart rate. Over time, these subtractions could add as many as six years to a person’s lifespan, says study author Alan Kaye, M.D., Ph.D. “The benefits of massage actually last for days, and the more you experience them, the more likely your body is to adjust permanently,” he advises.
Deep tissue massage is a technique of stretching and moving the connective tissue (fascia) that envelops the muscles, in order to lengthen and balance the body along its natural vertical axis. Distortions of the connective tissue may be caused by internal reactions and compensations due to accidents, emotional tension or past, unreleased traumas. Deep tissue massage also works to detoxify tissue by helping to remove accumulated lactic acid and other waste products from the muscles.
Athletes and individuals that have sustained physical injury frequently use deep tissue massage to ease or eliminate chronic muscular pain and help with injury rehabilitation. The technique can also relieve inflammatory pain caused by ailments such as arthritis and tendonitis.
Local Massage Resources
Alex Day Spa & Salon, 855 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. 239-597-2141 or 239-591-4880. AlexSpaAndSalon.com.
Kara Bartoy, Kara’s All Natural Skincare Studio, 6306 Trail Boulevard North, Naples. 239-262-5110. KaraSkinCare.com.
Christina Carlin, Ayurveda Massage & Yoga Institute, 848 1st Avenue North, Naples. 239-450-6903.
C. Robyn Berry, RB Institute, Inc., 13601 McGregor Boulevard, Suite 13, Fort Myers. 239-939-4646. RobynBerry.com.
Elements Therapeutic Massage, The Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 146, Naples. 239-514-2211. ETMNaples.com.
Eyes Wide Open, Sylvia Casabianca, 92100 Bonita Beach Road Southeast, Suite 292, Bonita Springs. 239-948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com.
Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers. 239-489-2282. FAMSC.com.
Denise Grinnan, Sacred Passages, 4547 Pine Island Road, Unit C, Matlacha. 239-898-6446.
Tony Hansen, Therapy on the Gulf, 814 Anchor Rode Drive, Naples. 239-262-8722.
Jennifer Hunlock. 239-287-9113.
Healing Arts Center, John E. Patton, 971 Michigan Avenue, Naples. 239-262-6828. HealingArtsCenterOnline.com.
Health and Harmony, 15951 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers. 239-433-5995. HealthAndHarmonyOnline.com.
Janice Jackson, 5051 Castello Drive, Suite 250, Naples. 239-272-8539. MassageNaplesFL.com.
Kate Honig. 239-601-2591. [email protected]
Lighten Up Therapies, 3811 Airport Road North, Naples. 239-692-8486. IntegrativeSoulAndBodyWork.com.
Massage by Bernard, 239-877-1570. MassageByBernardOfNaples.com.
Massage of Naples, 871 102nd Avenue North, Naples. 239-919-6573. MassageOfNaples.com.
Merrill and Linda Lund, 1044 Castello Drive, Suite 213, Naples. 239-649-7700. SeriousPainRelief.com.
Christina Mitchell, 1000 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 501, Naples. 239-293-0960. BestBodyMassage.com.
Tamara Nixon, Tamara’s Skincare & Massage, 1044 Castello Drive, Suite 102-B, Naples. 239-692-8994.
Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 302, Naples. 239-331-8266. PurelyYouSpa.com.
Alvina Quatrano, Holistic Healing Arts, 3323 Olympic Drive, Suite 722, Naples. 732-266-5276. TheArtOfHolisticMassage.com.
Riverstone Spa & Shoppe, 975 Imperial Golf Course Boulevard, Suite 114, Naples. 239-254-9984. RiverstoneSpaNaples.com.
Brittany Snyder, Cambridge Square, 3467 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 102, Naples.239-248-5535.
Frederick Stahlman, Inner Connections Physical Therapy, 5633 Strand Boulevard, Suite 310, Naples. Additional location in Estero. 239-398-3154. InnerConnectionsPT.com.
Dori Stephens, 5051 Castello Drive, Suite 218, Naples. 239-777-9917. NaplesMassageTherapy.com.
Trim & Tone Spa, 1201 Piper Boulevard, Suite 20, Naples 34110. 239-596-5522. TrimAndToneSpa.com.
Trinity Fusion Massage, Colleen Miller. 239-692-9904 or 631-287-3527. TrinityFusionMassage.com.
Trinity Holistic Healing Center, 881 109th Avenue North, Naples. 239-822-6215. TrinityHolisticHealingCenter.com.
Paula Terry, 670 Orchid Drive, Naples. 239-821-3088.
Ultimate Relaxation, Coastland Center Mall, 1950 Tamiami Trail North, Naples. 239-793-8888. MyUltimateRelaxation.com.
Warm Mineral Springs, Spa Donya, 12200 San Servando Avenue, North Port. 941-426-1692. WarmMineralSprings.com.
Jennifer Woodson, 1044 Castello Drive, Suite 102, Naples. 239-571-4088.
Stuart Wright. 239-272-6443.