Benefits of Massage
Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. An increasingly popular healthcare alternative, therapeutic massage has been proven to strengthen the immune system, alleviate pain, and effectively reduce stress which experts believe accounts for 90% of disease. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists agree massage therapy has proven beneficial for a variety of health issues and many chronic conditions.
Massage Therapy offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. With its marvelous abilities to relieve pain and tension, speed healing and increase your energy and vitality, massage can be a lifetime ally in maintaining your ongoing good health.
Massage has many physiological effects, such as:
• 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 postsurgery 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.