Tranquil Kneads was created with the intention of providing services that assist in balancing the body, mind and spirit. We must find ways to nurture our heart and soul while keeping ourselves moving with life. I combine massage, breathing, and stretching to unwind stressed and tired muscles. The feeling of being touched in a safe, caring, compassionate manner can be a very powerful experience that can unwind the taut, pent-up emotions that one doesn’t always have time to process throughout the day.
As studies continue to reveal the link between kinesiology and our physical and emotional health, the effects of massage will be further documented. However, one need only experience a good massage to know it’s beneficial to body and soul.
Tune into your body and feel first hand what massage can do for you.
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts
Documented use of massage dates back 3,000 years to China. Ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments. Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. Millions will attest that massage relieves the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to illness.
Massage provides a tactile stimulation, otherwise known as touch. This therapeutic component seems largely absent in today’s world. In 1986, the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami published groundbreaking research on the effects of massage on premature babies. The preterm babies who received massage therapy showed 47% greater weight gain and six-day shorter hospital stays that the infants who were not receiving massage. Studies today show that stress delays healing and there is evidence of what massage can do on a physiological level. Once I complete my undergrad work, my Masters research and thesis will be based in alternative healing concepts.