The long list of benefits of massage therapy
The Benefits of Massage
Massage can feel like a total treat, but it may be because it has so many health benefits! It really should be seen more like a three monthly hygiene visit than just a treat during that occasional Spa Day.
Are you ready for the long list of health benefits?
- Reduces or eliminates lower back/chronic back/migraine/tension headache/muscle/burn injury/arthritic pain thus eases medication dependence
- Reduces or eliminates muscular tension
- Reduces or eliminates postural stress
- Reduces postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduces spasms and cramping.
- Reduces scar tissue and stretch marks by promoting tissue regeneration
- Reduces lower diastolic blood pressure
- Reduces water retention
- Reduces cramping.
- Improves sleep by promoting relaxation
- Improves immunity by stimulating lymph flow, the body’s natural defense system, and boosting the body’s white blood cell count
- Improves circulation, meaning oxygen and nutrients are delivered to tissues and vital organs
- Improves the condition of the skin – the largest organ in the body
- Improves joint mobility and flexibility.
- Improves lymphatic drainage.
- Improves range of motion
- Improves clarity and perspective
- Improves pulmonary function and peak air flow.
- Releases endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relaxes and softens injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Assists with shorter, easier labour for expectant mothers
- Assists athletes preparing or recovering from strenuous workouts
- Exercises and stretches weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Soothes anxiety and depression – it is said that 90% of disease is stress related.
Massage therapy can result in physiological and chemical changes which cascade throughout the body.