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Kristine Shultis has been a state licensed and board certified massage therapist since 1997. She specializes in working with people with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic pain, and migraines. Kristine creates an individualized treatment plan for each client to ensure the best possible massage. Her other certifications include Healing Touch, Reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy, herbology, and naturopathy. Kristine has a Master's degree in music and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
How can massage help you?
Stress. Massage is one of the best known antidotes for stress. Reducing stress gives you more energy, improves your outlook on life, and in the process reduces your likelihood of injury and illness. Massage can also relieve symptoms of conditions that are aggravated by anxiety such as asthma or insomnia. Because it relieves stress, massage is an excellent supportive therapy for people in psychological counseling or treatment for addiction.
Painful or tight muscles
Massage can relieve many types of muscle tightness, from a short-term muscle cramp to a habitually clenched jaw or tight shoulders. Massage acts directly on your muscles with stretching and kneading motions. It also stimulates the nervous system to instruct muscles to relax even more.
Pain or tingling in arms or legs
Muscles can become so contracted that they press on nerves to the arms, hands, and legs. If this happens, a massage to release muscle spasms can provide relief from this painful condition.
Massage can help heal injuries such as tendinitis that develop over time, as well as ligament sprains or muscle strains caused by an accident. massage reduces inflammation by increasing circulation, which removes waste products and brings nutrition to injured cells. Certain massage techniques can limit scar formation in new injuries and can reduce, or make more pliable, scar tissue around old injuries.
Prevention of new injuries
Massage can help prevent injuries that might be caused by stressing unbalanced muscle groups, or by favoring or forcing a painful, restricted area.
Pain or restriction in joints
Besides releasing tight muscles that restrict joint movement, massage works directly on your joints to improve circulation, stimulate production of natural lubrication, and relieve pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis.
Massage releases restriction in muscles, joints, and the muscles' touch connective tissue covering, freeing your body to return to a more natural posture. Massage can also relieve the contracted muscles and pain caused by abnormal spinal curvatures such as scoliosis.
The effects of forced inactivity
There are many reasons you may be forced to limit physical activity including injury, surgery, paralysis or even normal aging. Massage can relieve your aches and pains and improve circulation to your skin and muscles. Even when an immobilized area cannot be massaged directly, the relaxation and increased circulation from a general massage can give relief.
Massage increases your circulation which in turn drains tissues of excess fluid caused by recent injury, surgery, or pregnancy.