The benefits of stretching can be felt throughout the body. It increases range of motion, sleep, meditation. It stimulates the digestive system, reduces inflammation in joints, relieves tension, improves posture, and energizes the body.
Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries. Involves pre and post sessions, and also maintenance during the period of training.
Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in the fasciasurrounding skeletal muscle. They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction. A successful treatment protocol relies on identifying trigger points, resolving them and, if all trigger points have been deactivated, elongating the structures affected along their natural range of motion and length. In the case of muscles, which is where most treatment occurs, this involves stretching the muscle.
By using gentle touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium, spine and pelvis, this manipulation regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and aids in primary respiration. May relieve the symptoms of stress or tension, and release pressure on the occipital lobe.
A form of alternative medicine developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Since originating in Japan, Reiki has been adapted into varying cultural traditions across the world. Reiki is applied using a technique they call palm healing or hands-on healing by which a "universal energy" is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to a patient in order to encourage healing. Reiki is also used to calm the body and mind to achieve a state of rest and calm.