The Benefits of Massage
Evidence is showing that the more massage you can allow yourself, the better you’ll feel and here’s why.....
There is scientific proof of the benefits of massage in the treatment of chronic diseases and injuries, and alleviating the tensions growing from our modern lifestyles. There are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when massage is used as a preventative, with frequent therapy, and not simply a mere luxury.
The physical changes that massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life through increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, lowering your blood pressure, increasing circulation, improving recovery from injury, helping you sleep better, and increasing your concentration. The reduction of fatigue gives you more energy to handle stressful situations more successfully. By producing a heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing relaxation and peace. Taking the time to receive massage is a much needed break from our modern lifestyle so that we can rejuvenate and redirect our attention to what is really important in our lives.
So, as you lie on a heated massage table under fresh, crisp sheets and the soothing music draws you into the moment, and as your senses take in the beautiful aroma in the air…allow the problems of the world to simply fade away.
The Benefits of Massage Include:
Relaxes injured and overused muscles
Reduces spasms cramping
Increases joint flexibility
Helps prepare for strenuous workouts by reducing recovery time and eliminating subsequent pains
Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication
Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion
Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more nutrients and oxygen into vital organs and tissues
Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system against toxic build up
Releases the body’s natural painkiller, endorphins, to control and relieve pain (Massage is used to help chronic illness, injury, and recovery from surgery. Massage is an important part of post-operative rehabilitation.)
Reduction in edema and adhesions and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred
Decreases discomfort and improves range of motion for low back pain sufferers
Stay Healthy by De-Stressing
Several studies that have measured the stress released hormone called cortisol in a subject’s saliva before and after massage sessions have found dramatic decreases. Cortisol, which is produced when you are stressed, kills cells important for immunity. So, when massage reduces your stress levels and hence the cortisol in your body, it may help you avoid getting a cold or another illness.
Blood Pressure Benefits
It is suggested by research that massage reduces hypertension. This may be because it stimulates pressure receptors that prompt action from the vagus nerve, one of the nerves that emerge from the brain. The vagus nerve is responsible for the regulation of blood pressure, along with several other functions in the body. One study showed that patients who received 10 massages of just 10 minutes over a three week period showed significant improvements in blood pressure.
Chronic Back Pain
Repetitive or overused movements, poor posture and extra weight can stain the back; including the neck, mid-back, and lower back. These things result in spasms, tense muscles and pain. Massage increases the blood flow to affected muscles which brings vital nutrients and oxygen in to heal those areas. Massage reduces swelling and stiffness in these areas as well as increases flexibility to help eliminate pain.
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