relief to people of all ages...from infants to seniors...from all walks of life...from
the weekend or competitive
athlete to the home gardener or overstressed,
Massage therapy addresses a variety of
health conditions, the
most prevalent being stress-related tension, which,
experts believe, accounts for 80%-90% of disease.
Massage has been proven to be beneficial in treating
cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood
pressure, diabetes, low back pain, immunity suppression,
spinal cord injury, autism, post-operative surgery,
age-related disorders, infertility, eating disorders,
smoking cessation, and depression, to name just a few.
Bodywork offers a
drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on
the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Massage has
many physiological effects, such as:
circulation, allowing the body to pump more
and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
- Stimulating the
lymph system, the body’s natural defense, against
toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer
patients, massage has been shown to increase the
cells that fight cancer.
- Relaxing and
softening injured and overused muscles.
spasms and cramping.
- Increasing joint
- Reducing recovery
time for strenuous workouts and eliminating
subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. For
this reason, massage is being incorporated into
treatment for chronic illness, injury and recovery
from surgery to control
and relieve pain.
post-surgery adhesions and edema and reducing and
realigning scar tissue after healing has occurred.
- Improving range of
motion and decreasing discomfort for patients with
low back pain.
- Relieving pain for
migraine sufferers and decreasing the need
exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and
reducing shortening of the muscles for those with
restricted range of motion.
- Contributing to
shorter labor and reduced tearing for expectant
mothers, as well as lessening the need for
medication, minimizing depression and anxiety, and
shortening hospital stays.
Health Benefits of Massage
Massage can relieve tension in your
muscles, and most people
use it for relaxation, relief of stress and anxiety, or
muscle soreness. Massage can also cause your body to
release natural painkillers, and it boosts your immune
While more research is needed to
confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found
it helpful for:
Massage reduced anxiety in depressed children and
anorexic women. It also reduced anxiety and
withdrawal symptoms in adults trying to quit
Pain was decreased in studies of people with
fibromyalgia, migraines and recent surgeries. Back
pain also might be relieved by massage. However,
back pain study results have been contradictory, and
more research is required.
pain. Massage during labor appears to
reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles and help
growth. Massage encouraged weight gain in
premature babies and reduced the number of days they
stayed in the hospital.
with diabetes. Children who were massaged
every day by their parents were more likely to stick
to their medication and diet regimens, which helped
reduce their blood glucose levels.
soreness. Some athletes receive massages
after exercise, especially to the muscles they use
most in their sport or activity. A massage might
help increase blood flow to your muscles and may
reduce muscle soreness after you exercise.
withdrawal. Massage during withdrawal from
alcohol has shown benefits when combined with
traditional medical treatment by increasing feelings
of support, safety
and engagement in the therapy.
system. People with HIV who participated in
massage studies showed an increased number of
natural killer cells, which are thought to defend
the body from viral and cancer cells.
treatment. People with cancer who received
regularly-scheduled massage therapy during treatment
reported less anxiety, pain and fatigue.
Because massage involves direct contact with another
person through touch, it can make you feel cared
for. That special attention can improve self-image
in people with physical disabilities and terminal
illnesses. And using touch to convey caring can help
children with severe physical disabilities.
to also note that there are some conditions where massage is not recommended. For example,
massage is contraindicated in people with:
- Certain forms of
- Some cardiac
- Some skin conditions
- Infectious diseases
practitioner should ask you about your specific health
conditions and determine if massage, bodywork or somatic
therapies are a good idea. In some cases, the
practitioner may need your doctor’s permission before providing
See more details here.
Massage also provides another therapeutic
component largely absent in today’s world: tactile
stimulation, or, more simply, touch. In 1986, the Touch
Research Institute at the University of Miami published
groundbreaking research on the effects of massage on
premature babies. The pre-term babies who received
massage therapy showed 47% greater weight gain and
six-day shorter hospital stays than the infants who were
not receiving massage. But is this study evidence of
what loving touch can do spiritually, or rather what
massage can do on a physiological level? Regardless,
babies are not the only benefactors.
Many adults have
reported cathartic experiences on the massage table. As
a therapist carefully unwinds a client’s stressed and
tired muscles, the therapist may very well be unwinding
the taut, pent-up emotions that one doesn’t always
have time to process in the middle of the day. And the
feeling of being touched in a safe, caring,
compassionate manner can be a very powerful experience,
reminding the client that she or he is not alone in the
As studies continue to reveal the link between
physical and emotional health, the
effects of massage will be further documented. However,
one need only experience a good massage
to know it's
beneficial to body and soul.
and Mental Benefits
- relaxes the whole body
- loosens tight muscles
- relieves tired and aching
- increases flexibility and
range of motion
- diminishes chronic pain
- calms the nervous system
- lowers blood pressure
- lowers heart rate
- enhances skin tone
- assists in recovery from
injuries and illness
- strengthens the immune system
- reduces tension headaches
- reduces mental stress
- improves concentration
- promotes restful sleep
- aids in mental relaxation
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