What are the Benefits of Massage?
In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage and/or bodywork treatments?
- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs;
- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer;
- Improves the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin;
- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles;
- Reduces muscle spasms and cramping;
- Increases joint flexibility;
- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level;
- Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain;
- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema;
- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain;
- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication;
What is Massage?
We all know how great a massage makes us feel. It reduces tension and anxiety and gives us a sense of wellbeing. Did you know that massage benefits every organ system in the body? These systems include the nervous system, circulatory and lymphatic systems, skeletal and muscle systems, integumentary system (skin), respiratory, endocrine, digestive and urinary systems. Massage can reduce fatigue, stress, chronic muscle tension and pain. It can increase the healing time of injured muscles and improve posture. Circulation is improved and blood pressure is decreased. Massage promotes better sleep and improves concentration. Our entire wellbeing is improved by this simple ancient art of touch.
For those who suffer from the symptoms or discomforts of chronic stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), massage can reduce the symptoms of stress, improve sleep, reduce panic and anxiety, calm hypervigilance, decrease irritability, reduce nightmares, improve overall mode, and provide an overall feeling of wellbeing.