The Healing Art Of Massage

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Applying oil on the body during each session allows the Massage Therapist to work with ease. Taking off any jewelry on the wrists and hands will allow for there to be no obstructions during the treatment. (Fig 1)

Are you tired of asking your partner for a neck rub? Do you finally have a job with benefits? Are you ready for a day of self-care? Whatever the reason may be, Health Bound Health Network is here to help you relax! Welcome to our Blog page, today’s post is focused on massage and the benefits it has on your mental health. It may sound unusual, but the body and the brain are very closely connected and sometimes they need each other to relax. 

Finding time for yourself can be challenging, especially with work and other obligations taking up a significant part of your day. Stress can start to impact how you go about your day. If you can relate and are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, Health Bound’s registered Massage Therapists are here to ease your mind and body into a calm and relaxed state. Through different techniques, our team can provide you with personalized treatment to help with your overall results. The neurology of touch is very helpful in providing patients with effective ways to help improve moods and quality of sleep. Our Massage Therapists use professional techniques, and sessions of any duration can help you relax.

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Taking the time to lift your feet and get a foot massage is a nice way to relax. After walking and using your feet all day getting a massage is a nice way to allow yourself to take care of your body. Your mind and body will thank you. (Fig 2)

Sometimes when life gets busy, it is hard to take the time at home to relax and unwind. The mind can race and it can be difficult for the body to catch up with all the different tasks and plans ahead. This is where Health Bound comes in. Regardless of what is going on in your life, we are here to help guide you in the direction of wellness. Our skilled Massage Therapists can help you relax your body, which will help ease your mind. Talking to our registered therapists about the tensions in your body before your massage will allow our therapists to create a routine that can be authentic for you. Please do not hesitate to let our massage therapists know if you experience any pain during the session or need more or less pressure. We are here to help you have a calming experience and fully relax. 

At Health Bound, you have the option to choose between a 30, 45 or 60-minute massage. This allows you to choose the duration that would be best for you and your day. Most health benefits packages from workplaces have “massage” as a section of treatment available. Having benefits is very helpful for easing the financial pressure of paying to relax your mind and body. Packages typically renew annually, so review your available benefits and make the most of them. Massage is one of the more fun sides to benefits that are nice to enjoy and not a drag of an appointment to attend. If not, saving up for a mental health day is always well deserved. Everyone deserves to have their body taken care of and soothed manually. 

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A Health Bound massage therapist engaged in a deep tissue massage. Employing techniques beyond manual hand movements, the therapist can specifically target muscles to alleviate tension. Feel free to communicate your preference for more or less pressure during the massage at any point. (Fig 3)

Massages help increase the feel-good hormones in the body. Studies have shown that there are increased levels of oxytocin, a hormone that is great for increasing social bonding. A lack of social bonding and connection with people can negatively impact your mood and can be harmful to your wellbeing. Thus, taking the time to connect with trusted professionals can positively impact how you deal with life day-to-day. Taking the time to listen to your body can help you in the long run. Health Bound is here to guide you through your wellness journey with our variety of locations and professionals available to you. Health Bound has both male and female Massage Therapists at our clinics so if there is a preference please let our team know while booking! We would love to provide you with the service you are looking for.

There are various massage treatments available to help you relax. We can recommend a specific type, or you can explore different techniques to find what works best for you. Health Bound has a variety of Massage Therapists with unique techniques to suit all client needs. Since everyone has unique needs, our Massage Therapists tailor their techniques to address individual preferences. The more exposure you have to massage the better it is on your body’s response to it. One study found that two massages a week lead to enhanced alertness and decreased levels of anxiety. This is important to note because this may be a beneficial tool to use when dealing with high-stress periods in our lives. Taking the time to allow the body to relax has shown to be quite beneficial in other aspects of life. Our body holds tension in our muscles that can sometimes be hard to get on our own. Discussing areas of tension with the Massage Therapist before treatment helps target specific tight spots, contributing to overall relaxation of the mind and body. Health Bound Health Network has locations in Toronto, Hamilton, Markham, and Barrie.  All of our clinics have massage therapists who would love to be able to help you on your journey to wellness. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding what treatment is like or what to expect. 

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The shoulders and neck hold a lot of tension as we naturally tend to raise our shoulders to our ears. Take a moment now to lower your shoulders and take a deep breath. This image shows focusing on the upper body during the massage to help reduce the stress located in the body. (Fig 4)

Massage therapy can help your body function internally. By allowing yourself to regularly take part in massage, your blood pressure can decrease and help your body with stress management. Lowering high blood pressure helps you promote heart health. Taking the time to work with our team at Health Bound can enable your body to function at its best. Whether you are sitting at an office all day or moving your body in constant motion, your mind and body need time to rest. Here at Health Bound Health Network, we are here to help. We know how hard it is to find the time or figure out the best methods to relax so we are here to do all the work for you, all you need to do is show up. Booking your appointment with a Massage Therapist can help you ease into your body and calm your mind from the everyday hustle and bustle. 

It is your time to take care of your body and take advantage of the resources that are available to you. Massage has been shown to boost mood even with as little as ten minutes. Sometimes a little of something can go a long way. All it takes is one phone call or email to book your first or next appointment. Take the time to help heal your body and remove the tension that could be building. If massage is something that you are worried about, please speak to your doctor. If this is something you are interested in we would love to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Below are the locations where we can be reached. 

Pape – 416-548-7872

Bloor – 416-236-7778

Markham – 416-850-8558

Barrie – 647-477-7057

We can’t wait to help you book your next (or first) massage with Health Bound!

By: Maria Votsis