Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing arts in the world. Touch affects all
the systems in the body. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation
programs, massage therapy has proven beneficial for many chronic conditions
including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes,
immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And,
as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of
everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
Experts estimate that more than ninety percent of disease is stress related.
Nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage can,
without a doubt, help manage stress. This means:
• Decreased anxiety.
• Enhanced sleep quality.
• Greater energy.
• Improved concentration.
• Increased circulation.
• Reduced fatigue.
Additionally, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving
a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital
and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
The Benefits of Massage
• Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
• Ease medication dependence.
• Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense
• Exercise and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles.
• Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous
• Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
• Increase joint flexibility.
• Lessen depression and anxiety.
• Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
• Improve circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital
• Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
• Reduce spasms and cramping.
• Relax and soften injured, tired and overused muscles.
• Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural
• Relieve migraine pain.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage will do you a world of good. Getting a massage frequently
can do even more. The beauty of bodywork is that its effects are cumulative.
Therefore, taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a
huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each
passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is
truly an investment in your health. Consider massage appointments a necessary
piece of your health and wellness plan.
The Benefits of Massage
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From The Center: Natural Health Specialists
MS, LMBT with The Center: Natural Health Specialists.