Massage therapy is a healing modality that has been in practice for thousands of years in many cultures around the world. Touching is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and to give and receive compassion and support. There is scientific proof of the benefits of massage, benefits ranging from treating chronic diseases and conditions, to reducing the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles. Having massage therapy does more than just relax your mind and body, there are definite physiological and psychological changes that occur, even more so when massage therapy is utilized as a preventative treatment. Having massage therapy on a frequent basis is a wonderful, healthy habit to get into. Massage not only feels good, it is good FOR you
Experts estimate that 80 percent of disease is stress related. Massage therapy and bodywork is great at helping to combat stress by helping us to remember what it feels like to relax. The physical changes that massage brings to your body has a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage therapy lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, speeds recovery from injury, helps you to sleep better and also helps to increase your ability to concentrate. It reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to cope with stressful situations.
Massage therapy provides an integration of mind and body and provides a deep state of relaxation. By producing a heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage therapy can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace. Research has shown that having massage therapy on a regular basis can truly improve a persons state of mind, helping to keep the body flexible, and resulting in fewer colds and stress related illnesses. I have many clients that receive weekly massages and I see the above results time and time again. In our fast paced and harried lives, massage therapy offers a drug-free, non-invasive approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. Here are some of the benefits to receiving regular massage treatments:
*Massage therapy Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump oxygen and nutrients into the tissues and vital organs.
*Massage stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, helping to flush toxins from the body.
*Massage therapy increases the circulation of blood and lymph systems, improves the condition of the skin, the body's largest organ.
*Massage relaxes and softens injured, strained and overused muscles.
*Massage reduces spasms and cramping, and increases joint flexibility.
*Massage therapy reduces recovery time, helps to prepare for strenuous work-outs and eliminates subsequent soreness for the athlete.
*Massage releases endorphins- the body's natural painkiller- which helps with chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery and to help control and relieve pain.
*Massage reduces post-surgery adhesion's and edema and can be used to reduce scar tissue after healing has occurred.
*Massage therapy improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.
Massage therapy relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
*Massage therapy provides stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
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