Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy

HA widespread perception, or misconception, is that massage therapy is a luxury, one which is reserved for special occasions or when we sustain an injury. While cultures throughout Europe and other parts of the world know otherwise, it is time we change our perception of this beneficial and holistic therapy.
The medical profession is slowly accepting massage therapy as a complimentary treatment to traditional medicine, and will hopefully support it as preventative medicine in the future. The benefits offered by massage therapy are numerous and have been proven to offer results. Knowing and understanding these advantages will hopefully offer you the incentive for investing in better health and well being.
A few benefits of massage therapy include:
Stress reduction: Massage therapy affects our hormones, reducing the “stress” hormone known as cortisol, while also increasing the “happy” hormones of dopamine and serotonin, helping to decrease anxiety and depression.
Increased Circulation: It also assists with lymphatic drainage and flushing toxins from the system. This enhanced vascular function can help reduce fatigue, promote healthier skin and hair, and strengthen the immune system

Pain Relief: A safe alternative to prescription medication, massage has proven to lessen back pain and increase function for those suffering from chronic muscle tension and spasms. The release of endorphins work in the body to help as a natural pain reliever.
Enhanced Skin Condition: In addition to improving the condition of the body’s largest organ, massage also helps promote tissue regeneration to reduce stretch marks, scar tissue, and post surgical adhesions and swelling.
Joint Health: Not only for injuries, massage helps to increase range of motion by decreasing joint stiffness and pain. Those suffering from arthritis and bursitis benefit greatly from massage therapy.
Enhanced Sleep Quality: Not just during a massage, but afterwards, is when you can experience the best sleep. Some say that massage directly affects our delta waves, promoting a deeper and sounder sleep.
In addition, some medical fields have begun integrating massage therapy into the treatment of carpel tunnel, chronic fatigue, premenstrual syndromes, migraines, and asthma. There has also been an increase in maternity massage, infant massage, and massage therapy combined together with physical therapy. The healing benefits affect not only the body, but the mind and spirit, promoting overall physical and mental balance. As a treatment or for preventative measures, prioritize your health and consider investing in your own well being. It may be the best investment you will ever make.

4 thoughts on “Benefits of Massage Therapy

  1. Derek Dewitt says:

    I never realized that there were so many benefits to getting a massage. My wife has been waking up with back pains lately, so we’ve been looking for ways to help her. I like that you mention how massages help reduce stress by creating dopamine. Helping her back feel better and reduce stress at the same time sounds ideal in my opinion. Thanks for sharing!

    1. ursula says:

      You are welcome Derek! Thank you for taking the time to share your comment with us. We will have new articles for our clients to enjoy and learn from very soon. Thank you again for reaching out!

  2. Thanks for sharing your article about the benefits of a massage therapy. I never knew that massage can help enhance skin condition through tissue regeneration. My sister has been depressed these past few days because of her break up with her boyfriend. She’s very conscious of her skin, and I believe that this kind of benefit will help me to divert her attention from the emotional stress. I’m looking to treat her to a massage parlor soon. I will also make sure to share your blog with her so she’ll understand the benefits of massage.

  3. Kylie Dotts says:

    I didn’t realize that massage therapy could be used as a way of supplementing pain medication. My husband hurt his back a few weeks ago working on a car we have and it’s been pretty hard for him to do things since then. He takes the pain pills but I don’t want him using them too often because of the effects that they can have on your body. We’ll have to see if there’s somewhere close where we can get him some massage therapy done to help with the pain.

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