Benefits Of Massage
Did you ever wonder if Massage Therapy was good for more than relaxation?
As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Massage Therapy Instructor, and Certified
Neuromuscular Therapist, people are always asking me what Massage Therapy
can do for them. These are just a few of the Benefits of Massage:
Stress Reduction: Massage therapy is a great way to
reduce the stress in your life. Not only are the physical effects very
soothing, but there is often reduced anxiety and increased feelings of
well-being. Massage has been proven to reduce levels of "stress hormones"
that can be hazardous to your health. In addition to causing many types
of health problems, some of these stress hormones are even thought to
cause weight gain.
Pain Relief: Muscular aches and pains, some joint pains, and
some nerve impingements (pinched nerves) are often reduced or eliminated
through massage therapy. Also, when combined with multiple styles of massage
therapy like Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Myofascial Release, Positional
Release Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, and even Reiki, those with chronic
pain may get the benefit of long-lasting relief. Pain management and relief
from conditions such as chronic low back pain, neck and shoulder pain,
fibromyalgia, lupus, myofascial pain syndrome, migraines and other headaches,
sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, and arthritis is common.
Less Soreness: Muscle soreness from your fitness and
sports activities, called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), can be
decreased with massage.
Improved Circulation: The circulation of the blood and
lymph are generally improved, helping you to eliminate toxins, feel great,
and promote healthy bodily function. This is true of all massage techniques
but especially with Swedish Massage and Hot Stone Massage.
Improved Flexibility: Massage can enhance tissue elasticity
and flexibility and help increase the range of motion (mobility) of your
joints. To improve flexibility massage therapy combined with Myofascial
Release and Muscle Energy Technique, works very well. Even people with
some forms of arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, and Parkinson's Disease can receive
this benefit - Ask your Doctor.
Better Sleep: Many people sleep more restfully after
receiving massage therapy. The benefit often continues several days after
receiving massage therapy.
Better Athletic Performance: Anyone who wants to be better
in their sport should have massage therapy. In addition to the benefits
above, Sports Massage can reduce recovery time from workouts, help prevent
injury, and speed up healing of injuries that you get - letting you make
Improved Posture: Massage therapy can improve your posture
by releasing muscles and connective tissues that lead to poor posture.
Better posture helps to relieve stress on joints and muscles, reducing
pain, reducing chronic tension, and increasing energy.
Reduced Anxiety and Depression: Studies by the Touch
Research Institute of the University of Miami report reduced anxiety and
feelings of depression with regular massage therapy.
A More Comfortable Pregnancy: Any mother who received
massage therapy during her pregnancy can tell you that there's nothing
better! Massage during pregnancy is safe and effective in relieving the
aches and pains that often accompany the changes in the expectant mother's
body. Guys, it's a great gift for the mom-to-be.
Best of All....It feels GREAT!!