Benefits Of Massage


Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.

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

Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Angela Balacco, LMT, CD

Angela graduated from Healing Hands Institute in Westwood, NJ in 2010.  She has earned New York, New Jersey, and Maine state licenses to practice both spa and medical massage therapies.  Over the course of the last 9 years she has found her niche with myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and lymphatic drainage. She  also has a BS in Sports Medicine, a MS in Epidemiology, and a MPH.  Additionally, Angela is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor.  She has found that the combination of her educational experiences and her personal life as an athlete has brought her an in depth understanding of the human body. 

 In 2016, Angela had an amazing opportunity to become a certified birth doula. Having been a dream of hers for almost ten years, she was able to make it a reality.  She and her family live in Hancock County year round.  They enjoy hiking in Acadia National Park, biking, swimming, and are total foodies! 

For more information on rates and types of doula services and massages offered by Angela Balacco, please visit: ​Angela's Website

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