Karen Iverson

  Therapeutic Massage

   

The Benefits of Massage

 


Massage provides 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 overstress
ed, overworked executive.

                 Treating the Body

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. Here’s why:

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:

  • Increasing circulation, allowing the body to pump more 
    oxygen 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.

  • Reducing spasms and cramping.

  • Increasing joint flexibility.

  • Reducing recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminating subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.

  • Releasing 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.

  • Reducing 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 
    for medication.

  • Providing 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.

 


Specific Health Benefits of Massage

Massage can relieve tension in your muscles, and most people 
use it for relaxation, relief of stress and anxiety, or to reduce 
muscle soreness. Massage can also cause your body to release natural painkillers, and it boosts your immune system.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found it helpful for:

  • Anxiety. Massage reduced anxiety in depressed children and anorexic women. It also reduced anxiety and withdrawal symptoms in adults trying to quit smoking.

  • Pain. 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.

  • Labor pain. Massage during labor appears to reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles and help block pain.

  • Infant growth. Massage encouraged weight gain in premature babies and reduced the number of days they stayed in the hospital.

  • Children 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.

  • Sports-related 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.

  • Alcohol 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.

  • Immune 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.

  • Cancer treatment. People with cancer who received regularly-scheduled massage therapy during treatment 
    reported less anxiety, pain and fatigue.

  • Self-esteem. 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.

It’s important to also note that there are some conditions where massage is not recommended. For example, massage is contraindicated in people with:

  • Certain forms of cancer
  • Phlebitis
  • Some cardiac problems
  • Some skin conditions
  • Infectious diseases

Your massage 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 services.

See more details here.

 

                    Treating the Spirit

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 world.

As studies continue to reveal the link between kinesiology and 
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.

 

Review...Physical and Mental Benefits

  • relaxes the whole body
  • loosens tight muscles
  • relieves tired and aching muscles
  • 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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I have had a few hundred massages at some of the top spas in the country.

KAREN was the BEST!

Valerie P.

                       

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