Massage

Benefits of Massage

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Massage therapy targets pain with hands-on techniques to ease tension, increase flexibility, and provide relaxation to affected muscles—and the body as a whole. For those suffering from injuries with muscle or nerve tissue damage, massage therapy can be an effective treatment worth exploring. The long-term benefits of massage therapy are not to be underestimated!  


Regular massage sessions provide many benefits:

 

  • Reduced Stress – Under stress the body produces unhealthy levels of the hormone, cortisol, often resulting in weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and headaches. Massage therapy can decrease cortisol levels, allowing the body to recover, as well as triggering lasting feelings of relaxation, improved mood, and reduced stress levels.  
     

  • Pain Relief – Massage therapy reduces stiffness and swelling in the muscles and joints, increasing flexibility and reducing pain. The release of endorphins boosts the dopamine and serotonin levels to provide relief from pain, calm the nerves, promote healing, and bring about a sense of euphoria. 

  • More Energy – Regular massage sessions can boost energy levels, reduce pain, and provide physical and emotional stimulation. 

  • Improved Circulation – Massage brings injured, stiff, and tense muscles the nutrients and oxygen needed to promote healing.  Hands-on pressure moves the blood through damaged and congested areas of the body, while the squeezing action removes lactic acid, improves lymph fluid circulation and carries metabolic wastes away from organs and muscles. The result is lower blood pressure and improved overall body function.
     

  • Lower Blood Pressure – A consistent massage program can decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, lowering the risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure, as well as reducing the triggers for anxiety, hostility, tension, and depression.
     

  • Improved Posture – The primary cause of muscle pain is poor posture, often resulting in missed work or even disability.  Massage therapy can help get the body back into its proper, pain-free alignment. Massage relaxes the body, loosening the sore and tense muscles resulting from bad posture. Relieving this strain can alleviate pain and spasms in the hips, glutes, back, neck, and legs.  
     

  1. Immune Benefits – Stress impacts the immune system’s ability to protect against infections, pathogens, and bacteria, making us vulnerable to illness and injury.  But, regular massage therapy can help keep the immune system strong and resilient by boosting cytotoxic capacity (activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and enhancing the body’s ability to deliver nourishment. 
     

  2. Improved Flexibility – Massage therapy makes a great addition to any exercise program. The body’s muscles are loosened and relaxed, pressure points are relieved, and joints have greater flexibility and range of motion. Massage can help correct the body’s adverse reaction to pain over time, restoring proper positions and movements.

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