We all know that a massage is a nice way to reduce stress and relax, but did you know that frequent and regular bodywork can effect positive changes in the body that go far beyond simple stress reduction?
Research shows that in response to massage, specific chemical changes cascade throughout the body creating enormous benefits for acute and chronic disorders:
Asthmatics show better pulmonary function and increased airflow.
Those with high blood pressure demonstrate lower diastolic pressure, anxiety and stress hormones.
Premenstrual Syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
In addition, regularly scheduled therapeutic massage has been shown to be an effective treatment for reducing pain and discomfort from:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Post-surgical pain and tension
But perhaps you don’t suffer from any of the above conditions and you enjoy a warm bath and a glass of wine as relaxing way to reduce your stress. Does that mean there are no benefits from massage for you? Of course it doesn’t.
Frequent massage therapy and bodywork has also been proven to:
Boost the immune system
Reduce headache frequency
Increase joint flexibility
Improve range of motion
Ease medication dependence
Exercise weak and/or atrophied muscles
Promote tissue regeneration (reducing scar tissue)
Reduce spasms and cramping
Assist labor for expectant mothers (and reduce maternity hospital stays)
Help athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous work-outs
These incredible benefits of massage are doubly powerful when taken in regular “doses.”
As the researchers of the Touch Institute from the University of Miami say, “The more massage you get, the more benefits you reap.” And we hope to see you reaping these benefits soon. Give us call or visit our website for more information.