Healing Benefits of Massage

The healing power of human touch is a positive experience that many people enjoy through therapeutic massage or bodywork. The effects of a good massage go much deeper than the skin's surface. Massage can:

How can something as simple as this hands-on therapy have so many positive benefits? A tense or painful muscle is one which is often chronically contracted. In an acute situation such as recent injury, the muscle can be in actual spasm. This contraction or spasm decreases the flow of blood to the muscle, which leads to a decrease in the nutrient and oxygen supply to the cells of the muscle and related nerves. A chronically contracted muscle will build up lactic acid, a sign of fatigue. This oxygen shortage and lactic acid buildup irritates the nerve cells, which perpetuates the contracted muscles. Massage can help remove the lactic acid and other metabolic waste products from the cells and reverse this process, interrupting the vicious cycle of pain-spasm-pain.

There are a multitude of massage styles which are beneficial, depending upon the individual's needs and preferences. There are many different types of massage offered at Longboat Massage, each with its own healing attributes and benefits.

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I am in the restaurant business and spend a lot of time on my feet. Because of the long hours and my advancing middle age starting to take its toll, massage was recommended to me for both stress reduction and my various aches and pains. I found Mary Tamez initially at another massage place en route to my business.

After a few great visits I can't tell you how thrilled I was that Mary was joining forces with Liz Yerkes at a new venture right above our Lazy Lobster restaurant on Longboat Key. The place is great! The atmosphere is adjustable from open airy with a "massage in the trees" effect or quite and secluded with the drapes drawn.

Mary's calm and friendly personality makes you feel at ease the moment you arrive, and the massage session is so relaxing and healing I always leave the cozy setting feeling 100% better and looking forward to my next session! Mary is the best therapist I've ever experienced-- she gets to know you and caters her style and technique to your preferences. She is caring, compassionate and clearly experienced in massage. I give her the highest recommendation. Liz enjoys an equally outstanding reputation as well.

Michael, Longboat Key

Liz is one of those rare massage therapists who can "listen" to your body and know just what is needed for healing. She works miracles daily! My weekly 90 minutes with Liz is heaven!

Flinn, Longboat Key

I recently had a Body Scrub with Ellen Cross. While the Scrub itself was fantastic, Ellen's professionalism, experience and intuitive response added immensely to the benefits - including relief from chronic pain. I felt totally relaxed, rejuvenated and very grateful to have been on her table! Highly recommended!

Deidre, Longboat Key