Benefits of Massage
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improvingcirculation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
Massage Therapy, What’s Right For Me?
Massage For General Health and Relaxation
For general health and relaxation massages are recommend 1-2 per month for people under light to moderate stress. This would also included people who are sedentary or who only exercise occasionally. Receiving massage therapy once or twice a month has excellent health benefits and can help reduce the effects of stress.
Massage for Stress management
For people with high stress living conditions, occupations, or who travel frequently, a higher frequency of massage therapy is recommended. Tension builds up from being in high stress situations and can be more easily managed with regular massage treatments.
Massage Therapy for pain Reduction and Management
Reduction of, and pain management of pain requires a different type of frequency, sometimes referred to as “diminishing frequency”. People in severe pain not requiring medical intervention can and do receive massage therapy 1-2 per week. When pain is reduced, so is the frequency of massage.
Massage therapy for the Athletic type
Every client is treated on an individual basis, The frequency of massage depends on the sport, training schedules, and athletic goals. Massage can greatly improve performance.