Healthy Beginnings

The Benefits of Massage

Therapeutic massage has many benefits, which include the prevention or treatment of certain diseases and the contribution to overall health, vitality and well-being. Therapeutic massage deserves its rightful place in a health care continuum; one that respects modalities that can save health care dollars while dramatically improving the quality of individual lives. Massage is fundamentally based on the desire to heal, give comfort and promote relaxation. Of our five senses, touch is our primary and greatest sense. Every living organism responds to touch, even if hearing or sight is not present. When touch is withheld, we become depressed, confused, and may experience feelings of abandonment. With touch, not only do we heal, we also thrive, becoming more physically and emotionally balanced individuals. Dr. Dan Cherkin’s study showed that “the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments; medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga.”

Some of the benefits include…

Manage Anxiety & Depression

Massages are very relaxing on the Nervous System. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol is reduced, spirits are lifted and blood pressure is lowered. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression.

Ease Pain

Massage can help people in pain feel and function better, compared to people who don’t receive any massage treatments. Therapeutic massage of the muscles is linked to decreased stiffness and pain, as well as improvedrange of motion, especially for people with osteoarthritis.

Improve Sleep

How often do you doze off during a massage? Massage helps promote healthy sleep. Studies show massages affect our delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep.

Boost Immunity

Researchers found that massage increased a person’s disease-fighting white blood cells. Massages stress-reducing powers also keep your immune system in check.

Raise Alertness

Massage is good for your brain! The 1996 TRI study involved a 15-minute chair massage on adults. After each adult received a massage, they were more alert and completed a series of math questions faster and more accurately.

Curb Headaches

Massages not only alleviate headaches, but migraines as well. A massage of the occipital muscles, face and head helps with tension head aches.

Save Face

Facial massage can reduce aging by promoting circulation, which plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage and adds vitality to a dull complexion.

Beat PMS

Massage can help PMS symptoms such as bloating and mood swings.

Ease Cancer Treatment

Massage is particularly helpful for people living with, or undergoing treatment for, serious illnesses, like cancer. Various studies show that massage can relieve fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression and nausea in cancer patients.

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