Health & Happiness: Screw No Pain No Gain!

By Jess DuMond, LMT

When you hear the words Massage Therapy, what comes to mind?

You might think of relaxing at the spa, or having hands and elbows rubbing knots out of sore muscles to increase circulation, or “Helga” digging into your back telling you, “no pain, no gain”.

One common misconception about Massage Therapy is that you must endure intense pressure even to the point of discomfort in order to reap any benefits. This viewpoint is common, but not physically accurate.

With the correct depth of pressure, those tense muscles can be released in a variety of ways. It is important to understand that experiencing an exorbitant amount of pain during a massage actually causes your muscles to contract making it more difficult for the therapist to help.

About Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy is different because it uses generally light touch to deliver profound results to the body and the interconnected nervous system. A Bowen therapist applies light, rolling movements mainly using the fingers or thumbs over specific pressure points, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

After each set of moves is performed by the practitioner, the body rests for a period of time allowing the nervous system to integrate. This process invites communication between the brain and body tissues to move toward original health and balance. It benefits people experiencing stress, pain and some neurological conditions.

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Jess DuMond, LMT is a partner and practitioner at Cascadia Community Bowen Clinic on SW Watson where she uses light touch to elicit deep healing.