Now you can get massage at SRSC

Welcome Breanna Christenson, Massage Therapist, to SRSC.

Breanna will be providing body work to SRSC athletes in the upstairs office, by appointment:
Breanna Christenson, NMT, CMT is a California Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist who works both privately and with the Sonoma State Sports Medicine Department to help Seawolves athletes. Now Breanna is available to work with SRSC members, from our weekend warriors, to those of you who suffer from pain or chronic injuries, as well as people who are simply looking to escape and experience a bit of relaxation in their day.
Breanna’s massage goals are for you to have an invigorating, therapeutic tool that will improve the way you feel and the way your body performs.

Why YOU need a massage

For some, the idea of lying naked facedown on a table while a stranger rubs your body might be a little disconcerting. But the millions of people who receive massages regularly know it’s a fantastic way to relax and rejuvenate. 
Massage is the application of touch as a therapy, usually involving the muscles, ligaments and tendons. It uses a variety of methods, including stroking, kneading, pulling, soft-tissue manipulation, and tapping, to create specific and systemic change in the body.
Humans have practiced massage for thousands of years. There are reports of massage being used as a healing treatment at least 3,000 years ago in China, India, and other parts of Asia and the Middle East.
There are a variety of modalities of massage, which are sometimes called bodywork or somatic therapy, each with their own specific techniques and applications.

What Are The Benefits Of Massage?

Humans need frequent physical contact. Babies who are not touched usually do not develop well, even if they receive adequate food. As adults we can push through without touch, but in order to truly thrive we need nurturing physical contact on a regular basis. Massage combines the healing power of touch with the therapeutic benefits of increasing muscle elasticity, relaxing the nervous system, and removing knots and areas of physical tension.

Massage has been shown by many research studies and years of anecdotal evidence to help alleviate several conditions. It can ease depression and anxiety because it stimulates the production of the “happy chemicals” serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters responsible for mood and energy levels. It also increases the release and production of endorphins, more feel-good brain chemicals.

Receiving massage mitigates stress because it reduces the body’s production of cortisol and calms the nervous system. This goes hand-in-hand with massage’s ability to reduce insomnia and improve sleep quality.

Massage strengthens the immune system because it raises white blood cell count and flushes the lymphatic system. This movement of the lymph also inspires radiant hair and skin. Massage increases joint flexibility, circulation, and tissue regeneration. It can even help expectant mothers have shorter and easier labor when they receive prenatal massage regularly.

More than Relaxation

While the stress relief and medical benefits of massage are nice, it also has specific applications for athletes:
  • Massage can increase muscle tone, flexibility, and endurance.
  • It can improve recovery time because it moves lactic acid and toxins out of the muscles.
  • It can help prevent inflammation because it reduces the production of the inflammatory cytokine proteins.
  • It has been proven very helpful at reducing or eliminating DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness), allowing one to exercise again sooner with less pain.
  • Massage helps prevent athletic injuries because it relaxes chronically tight muscles, making them less susceptible to pulls and tears.
  • It increases range of motion, which both increases performance and helps prevent injuries.
  • Massage reduces fatigue, both muscle-specific and system wide.

We recommend at least 1 massage per month to inspire the best, most sustainable performance. While any type of massage can be helpful, you may prefer to work with someone who specializes in sports massage or has experience with athletes to treat fitness-related injuries and increase performance. Sports massage focuses specifically on the muscle-tendon junctions, overworked muscles, injury-prevention, and exercise-related techniques.

Whether you do it to relieve stress and tension, treat a disease, pamper your body, or increase your athletic performance, getting a massage might be a better idea than you think.

Schedule your first massage with Breanna here or call 707-364-9062