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GROVE MASSAGE THERAPY

WHERE SCIENCE MEETS ART

At The Grove we skillfully integrate the science - and the art - of massage therapy to offer the best possible outcome for our clients: a uniquely relaxing, transformative and healing experience with enduring benefits.


Massage is an ancient healing modality that today requires detailed knowledge and understanding of the sciences of Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology - which body parts are where, how they function, how they move – and what, and how, energy and forces (internal and external) can influence them.  Massage Therapists, however, are indeed also artists.  Each body presents to us a distinct canvas in terms of texture, shape, size, condition – and each body has a truly distinct response to the power of touch and massage.   The therapist's tools are our knowledge, our intention, our experience, our intuition and our own energy - and, especially, our hands by which the techniques, strokes, pace, pressure and rhythm are applied – creating an outcome as individual as the clients, themselves.


Contact us to today learn about our services, and to schedule your appointment - and to come to know and enjoy the very real health and wellness benefits that professional Massage Therapy can provide.

 

MEDICAL CONDITIONS BENEFITTING FROM TREATMENT BY PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY

ADD/ADHD

"A recent study by Field et al 1998, showed massage therapy to decrease fidgeting and improve scores on the Conners Scale (Conners, 1995) in adolescents with ADHD. Massage therapy has also been shown to increase serotonin levels (Field et al 1996, Ironson et al 1996) which might help modulate elevated dopamine levels thought to occur in children with ADHD."

Source:  The Effects of Massage Therapy & Exercise Therapy on Children/Adolescents with ADHD

AGING

"If there is indeed a positive correlation between lowering cortisol and increasing telomere length and telomerase activity, this provides a solid scientific argument for massage and bodywork improving general health, reducing likelihood of chronic disease, and increasing overall longevity."

Source:  Massage & Bodywork Magazine

ALLERGIES

"Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers," study author Dr. Amber Patterson, of Ohio State University, said in a journal news release. "Our study also found those with more frequent allergy flares also have a greater negative mood, which may be leading to these flares," she added."

Source:  WebMD

ANXIETY

"Massage therapy had immediate beneficial effects on anxiety-related measures and may be a useful de-escalating tool for reducing stress and anxiety in acutely hospitalized psychiatric patients. Study limitations preclude any definite conclusions on the effect of massage therapy on aggressive incidents in an acute psychiatric setting."

Source:  Pilot Study Evaluating the Effect of Massage Therapy on Stress, Anxiety and Aggression

ASTHMA

"All studies have shown that massage therapy has a significantly positive effect on children with asthma, improves the pulmonary function parameters of large airway, reduces the plasma concentrations of PAF and prostaglandin, and increases the levels of PAF-AH and DP1; therefore, it greatly improves pulmonary function."

Source:  Massage Therapy in Children with Asthma: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

AUTISM

"Nurturing touch and regular sensory integration appear to reduce the social, communication, behavioral, learning, thinking and problem solving-challenges associated with ASD."

Source:  Breaking Through: Massage + Autism

ARTHRITIS (AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS)

"A 15-minute, moderate pressure massage daily led to reduced pain and anxiety and improved grip strength in 22 adults diagnosed with hand or wrist arthritis. The participants were given four weekly massages from a therapist and taught to massage their sore joints daily at home. Results showed that the combination of massages could possibly reduce hand pain up to 57 percent."

Source:  Arthritis Foundation:  Benefits of Massage

CANCER

"Massage therapy shows promise for reducing pain intensity/severity, fatigue, and anxiety in cancer populations. This is the conclusion of a collaborative meta-analysis of research on massage therapy for pain conducted by Samueli Institute and commissioned by the Massage Therapy Foundation, with support from the AMTA."

Source:  Massage Therapy Benefits for Cancer Patients

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

"A number of studies indicate that massage may be beneficial, both for some of the risk factors of heart disease as well as a treatment for those who have undergone some cardiac procedures."


Source:  Massage Therapy & Heart Disease.  Massage Might Reduce Risks & Benefit Recovery

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

"The results demonstrated significant  change in symptom severity and functional status from two weeks. Based on this study, the combination of massage and trigger-point therapy is a viable treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome and offers a new treatment approach."


Source:  Massage Therapy as an Effective Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

CEREBRAL PALSY

"There are many benefits of massage therapy for children with cerebral palsy, including the increase or reduction of muscle tone, reduction of spasticity, improved flexibility and range of motion, assistance in the relaxation of muscles holding bones and joints in a particular position and improved fine and gross motor function."

Source:  Benefits of Massage Therapy. Can It Help A Child with CP?

CHRONIC PAIN

"The existing literature suggests that massage therapy may be a useful approach for pain relief in a number of chronic, non-malignant pain conditions, particularly musculoskeletal pain complaints (e.g., shoulder pain, low back pain)."

Source:  Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Chronic, Non-malignant Pain: A Review

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

"After treatment of 3 courses, 26 cases were markedly effective, 52 cases were effective, and 7 cases were ineffective, with a total effective rate of 91.8% and a markedly effective rate of 30.6%. Pressing acupoints and massage can effectively improve clinical symptoms of the patient with chronic fatigue syndrome."

Source:  Observation on Therapeutic Effect of Point Pressure Combined with Massage on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

POOR CIRCULATION

"Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to a study. The results also showed that massage improved vascular function in people who had not exercised, suggesting that massage has benefits for people regardless of their level of physical activity."

Source:  Massage Therapy Improves Circulation, Alleviates Muscle Soreness

CONSTIPATION

"Abdominal massage can relieve constipation of various physiological causes. It stimulates peristalsis, decreases colonic transit time and increases the frequency of bowel movements. It also reduces discomfort and pain, induces relaxation and improves quality of life. No adverse effects have been reported."

Source:  Does abdominal massage relieve constipation?

COPD

"Abdominal massage can relieve constipation of various physiological causes. It stimulates peristalsis, decreases colonic transit time and increases the frequency of bowel movements. It also reduces discomfort and pain, induces relaxation and improves quality of life. No adverse effects have been reported."

Source:  Does abdominal massage relieve constipation?

DEPRESSION

"Reductions of trait anxiety and depression were MT’s largest effects, with a course of treatment providing benefits similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy."

Source:  A Meta-Analysis of Massage Therapy Research

DIABETES

"Increasing circulation, relaxation, positive myofascial effects, relieving scar tissue at injection sites and diminishing the effects of neuropathy are all positive benefits to the diabetic client that will assist this individual in living a normal, healthy life."

Source:  Five Ways Massage Improves Diabetes Care

DIGESTIVE DISORDERS

"The results of three studies conducted on intensive care patients showed that abdominal massage improved gastrointestinal function, and decreased abdominal circumference and distension. Two studies showed the effectiveness of abdominal massage in reducing the gastric residual volume."

Source:  The Effect of Abdominal Massage on Gastrointestinal Functions: a Systematic Review

EDEMA, LYMPHEDEMA

"Manual lymph drainage, a specialized form of massage therapy, is an integral component - along with compression bandaging (CB) - of combined physical therapy (CPT), an internationally recommended optimal treatment. ."

Source:  Massage Therapy in the Treatment of Lymphedema

FIBROMYALGIA

"The study concluded that the application of manual therapy in fibromyalgia patients performed with moderate pressure for 15 min on the posterior cervical musculature decreased the perception of pain, muscle fatigue, and the state of tension-anxiety."

Source:  Effects of Manual Therapy on Fatigue, Pain, and Psychological Aspects in Women with Fibromyalgia

HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES

"The massage therapy subjects reported fewer distress symptoms, less pain, more headache free days, fewer sleep disturbances and they showed an increase in serotonin levels."

Source:  Migraine Headaches are Reduced by Massage Therapy

HYPERTENSION (HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE)

"The efficacy of massage therapy combined with antihypertensive drugs in the treatment of essential hypertension is superior to antihypertensive drugs alone, and it is safe."

Source:  Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Efficacy and Safety of Massage in Treatment of Essential Hypertension

IMMUNE DISORDERS

"The current literature suggests that improvements in mood resulting from brief interventions can influence some immune parameters in ways indicative of enhanced immune function."

Source:  Effects of Brief Mood-Improving Interventions on Immunity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

INFERTILITY

"Massage and bodywork modalities from all over the world have an ancient tradition of working to promote healthy female fertility. Recently, some protocols addressing the pelvic environment have been developed. Some combine massage and aspects of physical therapy, and small-scale studies show some success in increasing both tubal patency (the ability for sperm cells to travel through the uterine tube) and pregnancy rates."

Source:  Bodywork for Female Infertility

INFLAMMATION

"Our findings suggest that the perceived positive effects of massage are a result of an attenuated production of inflammatory cytokines, which may reduce pain by the same mechanism as conventional anti-inflammatory drugs such as NSAIDs."

Source:  Muscle Massage Rubs Out Inflammation

INSOMNIA

"Massage is a smart, healthy, and drug-free option that has helped many people overcome insomnia. Because melatonin influences the sleep stage of an individual’s circadian rhythm, a natural way of boosting serotonin is a positive sleep-inducing option. This connection calls for further research showing the direct effects massage therapy has on serotonin and sleep. In the meantime, the existing evidence is enough to recommend regular massages for sleepless patients."

Source:  Massage Therapy for a Better Night’s Sleep

MENOPAUSE

"Recent results from self-report questionnaires have shown improvements in sleep pattern and quality of life following massage therapy. These findings demonstrate the effectiveness of massage therapy for the treatment of postmenopausal symptoms, particularly insomnia, and indicate that it is a promising line of research."

Source:  The Beneficial Effects of Massage Therapy for Insomnia in Postmenopausal Women

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

"The study used self-reports by the participants and found that, at the end of a five-week period, physical and social activity had improved in the people receiving massage. Those in the massage group also reported a decrease in depression. There was, however, no improvement in grip strength and only marginal improvement in ambulation."

Source:  Massage and Bodywork

OBESITY

"The results showed that both MAMT [Massage] and MAT [Acupuncture] could reduce body weight and BMI significantly, compared with the pretreatment values, for all the participants; however, the differences in body weight and BMI reductions between pre- and post treatment for the MAMT and the MAT groups were not statistically significant. The optimal periods for reductions in both body weight and in BMI were the first 4 days. Accounting for the economic strategy (time and money) in alternative therapy, MAT alone may present a reasonable option in the treatment of overweight and obesity in adults."

Source:  Effect of Combined Manual Acupuncture and Massage on Body Weight and Body Mass Index Reduction in Obese and Overweight Women: A Randomized, Short-term Clinical Trial

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

"Massage therapy has been proven to improve a patient’s day-to-day activities, sleeping habits, walking, stress, and more. Rigidity, stiffness, fatigue, and other symptoms have also been proven to get relief from this treatment. If these symptoms aren’t addressed, depression, poor self-esteem, and isolation can set in or get worse.

One study showed that massage helped boost self-confidence, well-being, walking abilities, and performance of daily living activities in a group of seven patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. They were monitored while receiving eight one-hour, full-body massage therapy sessions over the course of eight weeks.

Urine samples of these patients also showed a significant decrease in the amount of stress hormones that were registered at the beginning of the study."


Source:  Why You May Want to Consider Massage Therapy

PEDIATRIC DEVELOPMENT

"This narrative review on pediatric massage literature from the last decade suggests that massage therapy has positive effects on several pediatric conditions. These include preterm infant growth, psychological problems including aggression, gastrointestinal problems including constipation and diarrhea, painful conditions including burns and sickle cell, muscle tone disorders including cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, and chronic illnesses including diabetes, asthma cancer, and HIV."

Source:  Pediatric Massage Therapy Research: A Narrative Review

PREGNANCY

"Research shows prenatal massage therapy can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Prenatal massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage"

Source:  Prenatal Massage Therapy

SCIATICA

"The distinct techniques and stretches used during the course of this study have the possibility of becoming useful, non-pharmacological interventions for reducing or eliminating pain and sciatica symptoms associated with low back pain."

Source:  Massage Therapy Helps to Increase Range of Motion, Decrease Pain and Assist in Healing a Client with Low Back Pain and Sciatica Symptoms

STRESS

"These studies combined suggest the stress-alleviating effects (decreased cortisol) and the activating effects (increased serotonin and dopamine) of massage therapy on a variety of medical conditions and stressful experiences."

Source:  Cortisol Decreases and Serotonin and Dopamine Increase Following Massage Therapy

TENDONITIS

"Massage therapy is becoming a common and effective mode of treatment for tendonitis. This is because the act of massage targets and works the injured tendon fibres and surrounding muscle tissue. This loosens muscles and boosts blood circulation and healthy collagen in and around the affected area. Chronic tendonitis can greatly affect a person’s movement, comfort and quality of life, which can lead to increased stress and depression. Massage therapy can not only ease the physical pain associated with tendonitis, but it can also help to reduce any emotional pain too by relaxing and calming a person’s nervous system and encouraging the release of feel-good hormones."

Source:  Using Massage to Manage Tendonitis

 
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