I, Valentina Boonstra, have been helping people relieve stress and reduce their pain through massage therapy for almost 30 years now. What I know from working on bodies is when people get up from my massage table, they are relaxed, their pain is gone. Massage is known to aid the body in healing itself by loosening tight muscles, and increasing levels of serotonin in the body. Serotonin is produced in the body when there are feelings of well-being and positivity. When you are in a state of contentment, your body is delivering affirmation by producing serotonin.
It also helps when different pressure points in the body are pressed, releasing the tension that has built up in those pressure point area. By breaking up those knots,I release the tension brought on by stress and certain types of strenuous and repetitive physical activities. If your core is not strong, no matter how many times I work out the knots in your muscles, the pain will return because of poor core strength and body alignment.
Exercise, core strength, and flexibility are vital to keeping pain at bay. It is because I have tried to help my clients be free of pain that I went on to train in Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi.
But the core of my practice is still massage therapy here in Brevard County, Florida. It is my pleasure and my gift to help people get relief from tension and pain.