Do You Know The Benefits of Massage Therapy?
There are various modalities of massage therapy
The benefits of massage therapy are vast. Of course there is the data that we are aware of from various scientific studies and an endless array of literature – but the do we always need to have the therapeutic benefits of any healing modality confirmed to us by outside sources? Isn’t it true that some of them you just KNOW intuitively because of how you feel after you have received them?
Massage Therapy involves hands-on techniques that date as far back as medicine can go. These techniques are considered ” Chirurgy”, or “Healing With The Hands.”
Throughout history massage practices have been utilized to:
- Increase Circulation
- Relieve Tension
- Reduce Stress
- Relieve Anxiety
- Improve Sleep
- Promote An Overall Sense Of Well-being
- Encourage Whole Body Wellness
The Benefits of Massage Therapy are worth exploring, if you are feeling tension or stress, have had injuries or
suffer from muscle or nerve pain and tissue damage.
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For most of us, the best part about massage therapy is that it’s relaxing!
When the body is tense, and under stress, it produces unhealthy levels of the well-known stress
hormone, Cortisol, which can contribute to:
- Weight Gain
- Sluggish or Overactive Digestion
The benefits of massage therapy also include the decrease in cortisol levels in the body. Massage therapy also triggers lasting feelings of relaxation, improved mood, and reduced stress levels. Not only can
massage therapy help with stress relief, but, regular massage sessions over a prolonged period of
time have been known to do so much more, including:
- Provide a boost in energy levels
- Overall Reduce Body Pain
- Stimulate Individuals On Physical & Emotional Levels
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Did You Know?
1. Massage Therapy Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Regular massage therapy sessions have been found to reduce blood pressure levels. Some
long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can reduce both systolic and
diastolic blood pressure to maintain a healthy homeostasis.
Lower blood pressure levels can reduce the risk of:
- Heart Attack
- Kidney failure
- A host of other health issues
2. Another Benefit of Massage Therapy is that it Promotes Muscle Relaxation
One of the main purposes of massage therapy is to target the source of the body’s pain,
eliminating tense muscles, increasing flexibility, and providing relaxation to the affected
Massage also promotes circulation to the affected or injured muscles, which increases nutrients
and oxygen to the damaged tissues, promoting healing! This increased activity to the affected
sites reduces stiffness and edema (swelling) in the muscles and joints, as well as increases
flexibility to help reduce pain.
3. Massage Therapy Can Help Improve Circulation
Improved circulation is one of the long-term effects of receiving regular massage therapy.
Massage promotes improved circulation via the use of hands-on pressure, which moves the
blood through the damaged and congested areas of the body.
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4. Massage Therapy Can Improve Posture
If you are experiencing back, neck, or muscle pain, it may be from poor posture. Chronic back
pain is the number one reason for missed work days and is the second most common cause of
disability. This pain is often the result of incorrect or poor posture while standing and sitting. One of the lesser known benefits of massage therapy is that it can play a role in correcting this issue.
Massage therapy can help get the body back into proper alignment. Improving one’s posture
can be one of the most beneficial and relaxing aspects of massage therapy as you are assisted in
finding length in your spine.
5. Massage Therapy Can Help Strengthen The Immune System
Regular massage sessions provide many benefits to the human body. It is a well-known fact that
individuals who experience high levels of stress are more vulnerable to illness and injury. Stress
combined with sleep disturbances and poor nutrition directly impacts the body’s immune system
through its ability to naturally protect itself against infections, pathogens, and bacteria.
Studies have indicated that regular massage sessions not only help reduce stress but can also
boost the immune system and enhances the body’s ability to deliver nourishment. Moreover,
massage therapy can be a great addition to any exercise program. Regular exercise can keep the
body fine-tuned, regular massage therapy can help keep the immune system strong and resilient.
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