Benefits of Massage...
We've all heard it, said it, or thought it before: "I need a
massage." Massage therapy is now finding enormous popularity among
millions of Americans.
Massage therapy provides relief to people from all walks of life.
The weekend athlete, the home gardener, the over stressed executive,
secretaries, waitresses, laborers, virtually anyone can feel a need
for massage therapy sooner or later.
Numerous research studies conducted in the United States, Europe,
and Asia have documented that far beyond simply "feeling good,"
massage therapy has an impressive range of physical, mental, and
MASSAGE REDUCES THE EFFECTS OF STRESS
Up to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress
related complaints such as headaches, backaches, neck pain,
eyestrain, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability,
anger, high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, as well as,
physical and emotional exhaustion.
Massage therapy has a profound effect on your body's nervous
system. When massage therapy activates your body's parasympathetic
nervous system, it counteracts your body's negative response to
stress, relaxing muscle tension and allowing your heart rate, blood
pressure and circulation to return to normal.
Massage therapy also helps you become more aware of your body and
your unconsciously held tension. As you become more aware of your
body, you will begin to recognize tension as it builds during the
day so that you can consciously release it before it can have a
negative effect on your body.
MASSAGE RELAXES TENSE MUSCLES
Massage therapy stretches and loosens tight muscle fibers and
fascia. The fascia are bands or sheets of fibrous connective tissue
that envelops, separates, and binds together muscles, organs, and
other structures. Preventing formation of adhesions and creating
space will help increase range of motion.
MASSAGE INCREASES BLOOD CIRCULATION
Like a sponge that is squeezed, a tight muscle cannot hold much
fluid nor can it allow much fluid to pass through it. This decreases
your circulation of blood and increases the strain placed on your
heart. Among the obvious problems that this can cause, this can
leave you feeling fatigued and sore, reducing your precious energy
reserves. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes
venous blood towards the heart, thus easing the strain on this vital
This increase in circulation brings energy producing nutrients
and oxygen to your cells as well as carries away metabolic waste
products. If these waste products are stored in your body you can
feel toxic, listless, and drained.
MASSAGE DECREASES CHRONIC PAIN
Far too many of us face our daily lives with chronic pain due to
injuries or illness. Not only does massage therapy help to correct
the conditions that cause chronic pain, but it also acts in two ways
to decrease the actual pain itself. The first is by the trained
touch of a massage therapist activating nerve receptor signals along
nerve fibers to temporarily block chronic pain signals from reaching
The second is by the stimulating the release of endorphins (the
body’s natural painkiller) in the brain, gut, and nervous system to
reduce your feelings of pain and discomfort without the use of
MASSAGE STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Massage therapy not only improves the circulation of blood and
its vital nutrients, but also increases the circulation of lymph in
your lymphatic system thus helping your body to fight off infection
and speeding your recovery from injuries and illness.
MASSAGE CAN IMPROVE NERVE FUNCTION
Contracted muscles can press on or pinch your nerves causing
tingling, numbness, or pain. Massage therapy relaxes these
contracted muscles to relieve the compression on your nerves.
Sensory receptors in the skin and muscles wake up bringing new
awareness to areas that have felt cut off by chronic tension
MASSAGE HELPS YOU SLEEP BETTER
Tension from everyday stress can disrupt your sleep leaving you
tired, irritable and emotionally drained. This can rob you of the
patience and stamina needed just to face day-to-day life.
Massage therapy relaxes tense muscles and calms the nervous
system, causing your body's rhythm to slow down. When this happens,
your blood pressure lowers, your heart rate settles, and your breath
becomes deeper and more rhythmic, priming you for a perfect night's
MASSAGE CAN GIVE YOU MUCH NEEDED RELIEF DURING PREGNANCY
Pregnancy is a time of major structural, physiological, spiritual
and social changes. Some of these changes produce discomforts, which
can be addressed with appropriate massage therapy.