Massage therapy includes the systematic manual manipulation of soft tissue to enhance health and well-being and was one of the earliest tools that people used to try to relieve pain. It includes holding, moving, and applying pressure to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia, and the term ‘massage therapy’ describes various techniques in which touch, pressure, and the intensity of the treatment are applied.
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm through the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol, and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Some of the physical benefits of massage include:
- reduced muscle tension
- improved circulation
- stimulation of the lymphatic system
- reduction of stress hormones
- increased joint mobility and flexibility
- improved skin tone
- improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
- heightened mental alertness
- reduced anxiety and depression.
Carley Rae Ellingson received her certification from the Utah College of Massage Las Vegas in 2003 and has continued to expand her learning on the power of the mind-body connection through the following coursework:
· NASM Personal trainer 2020
· Lagree Method Fitness Trainer | 2019
· International Symposium for Contemplative Research | 2018
· Montana Pain Initiative Conference 2011 & 2018
· Stress resilience and Brain Health | Institute for Brain Potential | 2017
· Heart Math Institute Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety, and Self Regulation
· Holistic Approach to Neuro Development and Learning Efficiency I and II 2013
· Claire Davies Trigger Point Therapy Workshop 2006
· Gay Gasper Cardio Fitness 2004
· Lemond Spinning Certification 2004