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Compression Massage

(Bodywork)

Compression is performed by laying hands over a muscle and pushing down, compressing the tissues, then the hands are lifted and moved to a different area where the compressions are repeated. This is often performed through the clothes or a towel. The pressure of compressions can range from light to very deep, and be performed with a slight rocking or jostling movement.

Compression promotes relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The PNS is able to alter the mood through hormones such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. These hormones produce feelings of happiness, calm, and contentment. Compression also improves circulation and increases muscle temperature, allowing the muscles to soften and lengthen so they can be worked deeper. Compressions initially restrict the blood flow but then encourage a larger amount of blood to the area. Improved circulation throughout the body flushes out excess fluids, and increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, improving tissue conditions, supporting and accelerating the healing of damaged tissues, preparing muscles for activity, relieving tightness and enhancing the stretch reflex in the muscles, treating pain and supporting pain free movement by eliminating trigger points and interrupting pain signal pathways, reducing inflammation, and relieving pressure and swelling in the tissues.

Experience this technique in our Remedial MassageIntuitive Healing containers!

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