Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. So, what are the benefits to receiving regular massage treatments?
Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- 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.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- 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 painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
Mental Benefits of Massage
- Fosters peace of mind.
- Promotes a relaxed state of mind.
- Improves ability to monitor stress signal and respond appropriately.
- Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity.
- Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch.
- Fosters a feeling of well-being.
- Reduces levels of anxiety.
- Improves body awareness.
- Increases awareness of mind-body connection.