What is Massage:
Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy and is a system of stroking, pressing, and kneading different areas of the body to relieve pain, relax, stimulate, and tone the body. Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin; it also works on the soft tissues (the muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to improve muscle tone. Although it largely affects those muscles just under the skin, its benefits may also reach the deeper layers of muscle and possibly even the organs themselves. Massage also stimulates blood circulation and assists the lymphatic system (which runs parallel to the circulatory system), improving the elimination of waste throughout the body.
Massage therapy should be an important part of your integrative approach to health and wellness. From simply relieving pain to management of cancer symptoms and reducing depression, experience the many health benefits of massage therapy. More research continues to support the use of massage for conditions such as stress, fibromyalgia, back pain and more. Imagine how much you can benefit by adding massage to your regular health and wellness routine.
Some Basic Benefits Of Massage:
Eases tension, stiffness, and pain
Improves breathing and circulation
Effects of Massage:
Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism. This also helps to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and any resulting structural weaknesses. Massage can stimulate or calm the nervous system depending upon what is required by the individual and thus help reduce fatigue, leaving the receiver with a feeling of replenished energy. At its best, massage has the potential to restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually.
Massage Therapy for Mental Health
In the United States, close to 50% of adults will experience a mental health challenge at some point. Research supports the positive impact of massage for relieving stress, anxiety, and depression. Many studies actually show benefits similar to psychotherapy for certain conditions. Massage significantly reduces stress on both a physical and psychological level. Massage reduces anxiety by elevating neurotransmitters and decreasing hormones associated with increasing anxiety creating space for a mindset of calm. Massage has been showing great promise in alleviating depression. Research indicates that massage improves mood and reduces depression in those with chronic pain, cancer patients, pregnant women, and people living with chronic disease.
Massage for Pain Relief
Massage therapy is an effective management tool for both acute and chronic pain. Studies show massage helping clients with chronic low back pain, which suggests massage acts like an anti-inflammatory pain drug. The C.D.C. estimates that 50 million Americans suffer with chronic pain. For pain relief, opioids, the most popular choice come with a serious risk of addiction. Health organizations and governmental agencies are scrambling for new ways to manage pain. Massage is a safe and effective option.
Massage as Rehab
Massage helps clients recover from surgeries, joint replacements, and sports injuries. Treatments help reduce post-surgical pain, scarring, and related physical or emotional issues. Surgery-related pain is commonly associated with other outcomes, including quality of life and sleep issues. Clients who are about to have surgery may experience fear and anxiety, which can increase the chances of developing chronic post-surgery pain.
Massage brings a variety of benefits which help clients recover from surgical procedures, including:
Decreases postoperative pain
Reducing postoperative stress and anxiety
Decreasing need of analgesics
Raising levels of calmness and sense of well-being
Reducing inflammation and scar tissue
Improve range of motion
Re-aligns muscles and joints