About Restoration Body Worx:

Rowdy Hall is a Certified Massage Therapist & the Owner of Restoration Body Worx, Located at, 261 W. Main St, Morgan Hill, Ca.  Rowdy has over 15 years experience in massage therapy and over 30+ years in Fitness and Health. Rowdy  sits on the Board of Directors for the Kilohana School of Massage & Healing Arts. He is in good standing with the California Massage Therapy Council, is also a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association and an active member of the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Mr.Hall holds Certificates in both the Basic & Advance levels of Hawaiian Massage as taught by Professor James Muro.  Acupressure Points (Koho Shiatsu) as taught by Shodai Soke Yasuhiro Irie of Japan.  He is a Graduate of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (Performance Enhancement & Corrective Exercise Specialist).  Certified Post Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist, through the American Fitness Professional & Associates. De Anza College Sports Massage program, taught by Dr. Justin Brink,  Certified Kineso Taping  Practitioner, Certified  Instructor in Power taping by Rock Tape, Certified in GavilanPTB Techniques, (Instrument assisted Soft tissue Mobilization) and Certified in Level 1 courses in both Functional Movement Screening and Core Training System (FMS) and Selective Function Movement Assessment (SFMA). Mr. Hall as of of April 2012 past and receive his Athletic Trainer Certification (ATC) from the National Athlectic Trainers Association -Board of Certification (NATA-BOC). Mr. Hall continues his education & training in Therapeutic & Rehabilitation Therapies. Mr. Hall is currantly enrolled in The Doctorate Program for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.  


Benefits of Massage:

How can Massage Be Medically Beneficial?

Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis, and with the busy lives we lead, we can all benefit from a little stress-management. The experienced, professional therapists at Restoration Body Worx provide exceptional care and will design an effective customized massage treatment to address your individual needs.

More Americans are turning to therapeutic massage treatment to provide relaxation, relieve tension associated with the daily stresses of their busy lives, or simply to help maintain good health and achieve a balanced lifestyle. Oh, and let's not forget how great it feels to be treated by a professional massage therapist.

There are so many healthy benefits to receiving massage therapy on a regular basis:

(Click on links below for more information on each topic)

Relieves Stress

What Massage Does to Stress

The antidote to stress is the relaxation response. During the relaxation response, your endocrine and nervous systems activate changes to slow your heart rate, improve your circulation and digestion, and relax your muscles - in direct counteraction to the stress response.

There are many activities that can trigger the relaxation response, such as exercise, deep breathing, meditation, or listening to soothing music.

Of course, one of the best methods to combat stress is therapeutic massage. Massage can dramatically reverse the damaging physiological effects of stress by helping to:

  • lower your heart rate and blood pressure
  • improve your blood circulation
  • raise your skin temperature
  • heighten your sense of well-being
  • drop your anxiety level

During the massage, your tight muscles tend to relax and the pain associated with chronic tension is relieved. Increased circulation will supply more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and help rid them of metabolic waste. Massage also stimulates release of the body's own natural pain killer - the endorphins.

A program of regular massage will put you in touch with your body, teaching you to monitor its signals and needs so you'll know when you should take time out from the things that worry you. In this way, you can avoid the damaging effects of chronic stress and gain some control over your sense of well-being.

Encourages Relaxation

Massage Therapy Encourages Relaxation

In today's fast-paced world, our busy lifestyles can take a toll on our physical and mental well being. Allowing our bodies to relax and unwind is now more important than ever.

A therapeutic massage session provides the ultimate experience in relaxation. The lasting effects of massage can range from promoting relaxed states of mental alertness to enhancing our capacity for calm and creative thinking.

Through massage therapy, we become more aware of our daily stress levels. This allows us to recognize what true relaxation feels like so we can more easily recreate it for ourselves, before stress becomes chronic and damaging. Having this relief from stress increases our energy levels and vitality, as well as enhances our ability to cope with and enjoy our daily lives.

Relaxation Benefits

  • Improves mental outlook
  • Allows for better handling of pressure
  • Reinforces positive attitude
  • Promotes relaxed states of mental altertness
  • Enhances clam and creative thinking

Improves Posture

Massage Therapy Improves Posture

Allowing the body to reinforce healthy and natural movements can be one of the most beneficial aspects of massage therapy. Many aches and pains are due to poor posture. Whether we are driving, working at a desk, or even just standing still, poor posture can contribute to a number of physical aches and pains. Over time, these habits can cause increased body stress and breakdown.

With a consistent program of massage therapy, the painful points in muscles are loosened and relaxed, joints have greater freedom, and pressure points are relieved. This allows the body to position itself in a healthy and natural posture, therefore avoiding the movements and positions developed over time as a reaction to the pain.

Benefits of Improved Posture

  • Muscles are loosened and relaxed
  • Joints enjoy greater freedom
  • Pressure points are relieved

Improves Circulation

Massage Therapy Improves Circulation

The long term effects of massage therapy are much more than just skin deep. Better circulation is part of the chain reaction that happens in the body as a result of receiving massage therapy on a regular basis.

A person with poor circulation can suffer from a variety of discomforts including pooling of the fluid in the extremities (like the toes), cold hands and feet, fatigue, and achiness created by an accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles. Good circulation brings damaged, tense muscles the oxygen rich blood they need to heal.

Massage facilitates circulation because the pressure created by the massage technique actually moves blood through the congested areas. The release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow in. The squeezing and pulling also flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the circulation of the lymph fluid which carries metabolic waste away from muscles and internal organs, resulting in lower blood pressure and improved body function.

Improved circulation is just one more benefit of massage therapy. Combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise, massage can be the key to leading a healthier lifestyle.

Improved Circulation Benefits

  • Enhances blood flow
  • Moves waste away from muscles and internal organs
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves body function

Lowers Blood Pressure

Massage Therapy Benefits Include Lowering Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other disease. According to the American Heart Association, some of the most common are:

Misconception: High blood pressure has many symptoms
Truth: High blood pressure has NO symptoms. That's why it's often called the silent killer.

Misconception: High blood pressure is a man's problem
Truth: High blood pressure can be anyone's problem. In fact, women need to be aware of certain things that may put them at greater risk than men

Misconception: You don't need to have your high blood pressure checked until you reach middle age.
Truth: Children as young as 6 can have high blood pressure. It's a good idea to start having your blood pressure checked at an early age.

One of the most effective ways to stave off high blood pressure is massage therapy. A number of long term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower sources for depression, anxiety and hostility.

As is the intent with all massage programs, the ultimate goal lies in a pain free and relaxing lifestyle. Controlling blood pressure is just one of the added benefits of massage therapy.

Lower Blood Pressure Benefits

  • Lower depression, anxiety, and hostility
  • Keeps stress hormone levels under control
  • Low blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of having a heart attack, kidney failure, or a stroke

Helps Manage Pain

Manage Pain of Chronic Conditions

A Powerful Ally

Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. The incredible benefits of massage are even more noticeable with regular sessions. Professionals at the Touch Research Institute at the University Of Miami, Florida explained that the more massages you get, the greater benefits you reap. Here's why:

Experts estimate that upwards of 90% of disease is stress related. Perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether may be ideal, it's not realistic. RMTC helps you manage your stress. This translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue

Furthermore, our clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance Restoration Massage Therapy Center provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Profound Effects

Following a massage session, specific physiological and chemical changes occur throughout the body. Research shows that with massage:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak airflow
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping

Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch - from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing massage and it's becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units.

Relaxes Muscles

Massage Therapy Relaxes Muscles

Not only do tense muscles cause knots and pain in their respective areas in the body, they can create a chain reaction that spreads, making the ability to reduce pain nearly impossible.

Massage plays an important role in training the body how to relax. Not only will massage therapy help relax internal muscles through deep tissue techniques; it can also help individuals become aware of their daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what true relaxation feels like, the mind can then easily recreate it before stress becomes chronic and damaging. Having this relief from stress can enhance our ability to cope with and enjoy life.

With deep tissue massage, the massage therapist focuses on deeper tissue structures with intense pressure to release chronic muscle tension and ultimately relax the body.

Relaxed Muscles Benefits

  • Reduces pain that results from tense muscles
  • Aids in relaxation
  • Relieves muscle tension and stiffness

Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion

Massage Therapy Improves Flexibility

As we age, our joints tighten and we lose the range of motion we once enjoyed in our youth. One of the main reasons we become less flexible as we get older has to do with certain changes that take place in our connective tissues. As we age, our bodies gradually loose fluid and dehydrate.

Massage therapy is an effective treatment for increasing and maintaining flexibility and motion. By working on muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints, massage can stimulate the production and retention of our bodies' natural lubricants between the connective tissue fibers, making stretching and movement easier, and keeping the body flexible.

Improve Flexibility and Range of Motion Benefits

  • Stimulates the production of the bodies' natural lubricants to keep flexibility at a maximum
  • Can enhance athletic performance as the body ages
  • Helps prevent active lifestyle injuries by keeping the body flexible

Relieves Tension-Related Headaches

Strengthens the Immune System

Massage Therapy Strengthens the Immune System

Regular therapeutic massage sessions provide significant benefits beyond the immediate relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress tend to get sick more than others. Combine stress with lack of sleep and poor nutrition, and our body's ability to naturally protect itself against bacteria and infection is greatly reduced.

Numerous studies have indicated that massage can increase the immune system's cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body's natural "killer cells") and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body's immune functioning overall.

In one study, HIV positive men were given 45 minute massages five days a week, for a month. They showed an increase in serotonin and an increase in cells that are viewed as the first line of defense in the immune system. This is testing a very narrow aspect of the human immune system, but it does lend scientific credibility to a therapy which is widely recognized as therapeutic, based on experience.

Strengthen the Immune System Benefits

  • Increases the bodies' natural killer cells
  • Aids in the fight against bacteria and infection
  • Enhances the body's ability to get nourishment to important areas

Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Massage Therapy Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation

In medicine, surgical procedures are many times the only way to achieve lasting relief, although, the surgery itself is just one step in making long term results successful.

Many consider the most important component of a successful surgical procedure to be the post rehabilitation process. It is during this process that natural movement is re-learned, and freedom of movement is re-enforced. Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard rehabilitation procedures.

By increasing circulation and relaxing muscles, massage helps the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the rehabilitating areas to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.

Enhance Post-Operative Rehabilitation Benefits

  • Assists the body in pumping more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • Accelerates the rehabilitation process
  • Aids in improving joint movement and flexibility

Improves Rehabilitation After Injury

Massage Therapy Improves Rehabilitation After Injury

Rehabilitating any injury can be a tiring and frustrating process. While the main goal of physical rehabilitation is to increase strength and flexibility, it often ends before the area has been returned to its full pre-injury state.

Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard rehabilitation procedures. By increasing circulation and relaxing muscles, massage helps the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the rehabilitating areas to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.

Massage therapy is also used to aid in pain management as the injury is nursed back to full strength. By committing to a continual massage program, one can accelerate the healing process after injuries are sustained.

Improve Rehabilitation after Injury Benefits

  • Supplements standard rehabilitation procedures
  • Helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissue and vital organs

Manage Fibromyalgia Pain Naturally

Fibromyalgia: Management Through Massage

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is associated with widespread chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems, and mood changes. It occurs more often in women than in men, and is not a disease, but rather a syndrome that can be managed. Fortunately, fibromyalgia is not life threatening and does not lead to muscle or joint damage.

Benefits Of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healthcare still in practice. At Restoration Massage Therapy Center, our professional massage therapists concentrate on improving blood circulation in the muscles, which increases the flow of nutrients and eliminates waste products. This is particularly beneficial for those with fibromyalgia as it can reduce your heart rate, relax your muscles, improve range of motion in your joints, and increase production of your body's natural painkillers.

What Techniques Will Be Used?

Restoration Massage Therapy Center professional massage therapists integrate a variety of techniques into their work. Depending on your sensitivity levels and tender points, your therapist may utilize certain methods that address your specific requests and needs.

Sleep Better, Feel Better

One of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia is waking up tired, even if it seems you've received plenty of sleep. After a therapeutic massage from RMTC, you're likely to feel more relaxed and get a better night's sleep. Deep sleep is truly important to managing fibromyalgia as it is during this time that the restorative process occurs. So not only will a therapeutic massage help you wake more refreshed, but you may also experience less pain during the day.

But Won't It Hurt?

Because fibromyalgia causes pain and makes your body extremely sensitive to touch, RMTC recommends you don't undergo any deep tissue massage. In addition, open lines of communication are vital when it comes to how much pressure your muscles can endure during your session. Your RMTC professional therapist is familiar with the gentle touch required for treating fibromyalgia, but needs you to be vocal to ensure a soothing, therapeutic massage every time. If you ever have questions, please consult your doctor before beginning any therapy.

Relief Through Therapy

Studies show that low-impact exercise programs give people with fibromyalgia relief by raising the levels of natural chemicals in the body that reduce pain and fatigue. You may be reluctant to exercise if you are already tired and in pain, but there are several options now available to you. With our Massage Wellness Program, not only can you enjoy a gentle, therapeutic massage, but we also offer massages that utilize stretching and relaxation. You should begin slowly, but with ongoing help from our professional therapists, you can find continual relief.

What Are The Benefits Of Regular Massage?

Here's the beauty of massage: Not only does each session feel great, but the therapeutic benefits are compounded when massage is utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you go, the healthier you feel. With our Massage Wellness Program, you can enjoy these benefits as often as you'd like, so you can relax, rejuvenate, and continue to grow healthier.

Recent scientific research also proves that massage therapy increases immune function, decreases stress levels and reduces recovery time in many medical conditions including:

  • Allergies
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Asthma and Bronchitis
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Insomnia
  • Sports Injuries
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
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