Massage therapy helps us to remember who we are in the midst of stress and our hectic, fast-paced lives. A good massage helps blood to circulate, releases toxins, helps with the general balance of hormones.
For the same reasons that massage is relaxing, it can soothe anxiety and depression. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This can lower blood pressure and put one into a better mood. It can also boost the nerotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, helping to relieve depression.
Kinesio -Taping is multi-coloured tape used by athletes, and people suffering various injuries. First seen in the 2008 Summer Olympics, its use has grown.
Taping is most commonly used during the acute stage of injury and can be used along with other modes of therapy to bring about a change in affected tissue and facilitate the body's natural healing process. Taping can be applied in various ways.
Taping mimics the human skin in both its thickness and elasticity. This creates extrinsic awareness of the injured muscle group and even the placebo effect can give positive outcomes to an athlete overcoming injury, or the patient suffering from, for example, hip bursitis.
Kinesio Taping was originally developed by Dr.Kenzo Kase from Japan. The idea of taping was that even after the bodywork treatment was over, the treatment could have a continuued effect. It is as if, the therapist's hands were still on your body, working with you! The taping treatment lasts as long as the tape is on you, up to 5 days. Hopefully then, the body has integrated the changes as the healing processes unfold.