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Benefits of Massage: Physically Relaxes the Body

Benefits of Massage, part 1

Relaxation is the benefit of massage everyone knows about and expects from your massage. With our busy lives full of activity and stress relaxation is a major benefit even if you originally seek out massage for healing of an injury.

Massage therapy provides relief to people from all walks of life. The weekend athlete, the over stressed executive, educators, the home gardener, servers, and laborers. Virtually anyone can feel a need for massage therapy. Numerous research studies conducted in the United State, Europe and Asia have documented that far beyond simply “feeling good,” massage therapy has an impressive range of physical, mental and emotional benefits:

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 relaxes the body by kneading the muscles allowing them to release and relax. It increases the circulation and release of endorphins the feel good hormone. Your breath will deepen and slow down throughout the massage.

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.

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.

We like to call it the massage buzz when you are finished in a session there is a sense of lightness that was not there before and you feel as though you could float out of the office.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for explaining the benefits so well. I’ve been a fan of massage for years and experience most if not all these benefits. It’s so important to take care of ourselves and massage is a great way to do that because it feels so good. A great way for women in general and moms specifically to put themselves first in health.

    • Thanks Tamara, yes moms benefit greatly and it is so important for them to take care of themselves so they can keep taking care of everyone else.

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