BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Massage therapy has an impressive range of physical, mental and emotional benefits.
The results are extraordinary.
Massage therapy provides relief to people from all walks of life. Numerous research studies conducted in the United States, Europe and Asia have documented that massage therapy has an impressive range of physical, mental and emotional benefits. Massage effectively delivers the benefits of time proven physical therapies such as hydrotherapy, massotherapy, floatation, soft tissue manipulation, and thermotherapy. These therapies have long been recognized as a valuable method of physical and psychological healing and rejuvenation, offering the user preventative and curative treatment. When these therapies are simultaneously applied, the results are extraordinary.
Massage Relaxes Tense Muscles
Muscles can become tights and ineffective for many reasons. Stress, injury, poor circulation, overuse and misuse can cause you pain and discomfort as well as restrict range of motion. When left unattended, these conditions can become habitual and hinder quality of life. Massage therapy stretches and loosens tight muscles and connective tissue, breaking down and preventing further formation of adhesions and freeing your range of motion.
Massage Reduces the Effect of Stress
Up to 99% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related complaints such as headaches, backaches, neck pain, eyestrain, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, as well as physical and emotional exhaustion. Massage therapy has an amazing effect on your body’s parasympathetic nervous system; it counteracts your body’s negative response to stress, relaxing the muscle tension and allowing your heat rate, blood pressure and circulation to return to normal. Massage therapy also helps you become more aware of your body and unconsciously held tension. As you become more aware of your body, you will begin to recognize tension as it builds during the day so that you can consciously release it before it can have a chance to negatively affect your body.
Massage Increases Blood Circulation
Like a sponge that is squeezed, a tight muscle cannot hold much fluid, nor can it allow much fluid to pass through it. This decreases your blood circulation and increases the strain on your heart. Among the obvious problems that this can cause, this can leave you feeling fatigued and sore, reducing your energy reserves. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart, thus easing the strain on this vital organ. This increase in circulation brings energy producing nutrients and oxygen to your cells as well as carries away metabolic waste products that can make you feel listless and drained. In addition, massage therapy increases your body’s oxygen carrying red blood cell count helping to bring even more oxygen to your body’s cells.
Massage Decreases Chronic Pain
Far too many of us face chronic pain in our lives due to injuries or illness. Not only does massage therapy help to correct the conditions that cause chronic pain, but it also aids the decrease the actual pain itself. Stimulated release of endorphins (your body’s natural painkiller) into the brain and nervous system reduces your feelings of pain and discomfort without the use of unnatural drugs.
Massage Strengthens the Immune System
The lymphatic system is a major factor in your body’s battle to ward off infection and heal injuries. The lymphatic flow is usually very sluggish in most people and especially in those who have less active lifestyles. Massage therapy not only improves the circulation of blood and its vital nutrients, but also increases the Circulation of lymph in your lymphatic system, which helps your body fight off infection.
Massage Can Improve Nerve Function
Contracted muscles can press or pinch nerves causing tingling, numbness or pain. Massage therapy relaxes these muscles to relieve the compression on your nerves. Sensory receptors in the skin and muscles wake up bringing new awareness to areas that have felt cut off by chronic tension patterns.
Massage Helps You Sleep Better
Tension from everyday stress can disrupt your sleep leaving you tired, irritable and emotionally drained. This can rob you of the patience and stamina needed just to face day-to-day life. Massage therapy relaxes tense muscles and calms the nervous system, causing your body’s rhythm to slow down. When this happens, your blood pressure lowers, your heart rate settles and your breathing becomes deeper and more rhythmic, priming you for a perfect night’s sleep.
Massage Improves Skin Tone
The smog, poor diet and the natural aging process all contribute to the drying, wrinkling and general loss of the youthful characteristics of your skin. Massage therapy dilates the blood capillaries of the skin increasing the uptake of vital skin repairing nutrients and speeding the removal of harmful toxins. This improved circulation helps to moisturize your skin improving skin texture while relieving dryness and itching.