Benefits of Massage

Benefits of Massage

Massage therapy is one of the oldest forms of health care. It dates back thousands of years and can be traced throughout many civilizations. Massage was introduced to the United States in the 1830’s by two American physicians that had studied massage techniques developed in Sweden; since then it has become a popular form of complementary and alternative medicine in the US.

the physician must be experienced in many things but assuredly in ‘rubbing’...for rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid.
— Hippocrates

Massage therapy has proven to be an effective treatment for reducing stress and alleviating pain and muscle tension. That is why it is very common for people with chronic conditions to receive regular massage as a form of pain management. It is also a wonderful way to relax and de-stess both body and mind. 

Massage Therapy Can Help With

  • Chronic Pain: can decrease chronic pain by increasing blood flow, which reduces inflammation.  
  • Muscle Tension: alleviates muscle tension by loosening tissue clusters. 
  • Sports Rehabilitation: facilitates the movement of toxins from the muscles and helps stretch tight or twisted muscle masses. It also helps relax muscle masses and reduce pain. 
  • Digestive Problems: stimulates the digestive organs.
  • Headachesincreases oxygen and reduces tension in your muscles surrounding your scalp, jaw and neck.
  • Prenatal Carereduces swelling in hands, feet and ankles, lessens sciatic  pain, helps increase blood circulation which in turn delivers more oxygen and nutrients to mother and baby.

  • Scar Tissue: helps break up scar tissue by improving lymphatic circulation and drainage, which can improve flexibility and range of motion. 
  • Stress, anxiety, depression and trauma: promotes relaxation and emotional well-being by lowering your heart rate, blood pressure and reducing levels of cortisol while increasing the body’s endorphins.
  • Blood Pressure: helps alleviate stress and tension, which can be a beneficial effect on blood pressure.
  • Back Pain: help increase blood flow to your back, increases range of motion, helps reduce pain, relaxes tight muscles.

Beyond the benefits that massage can provide for specific conditions or diseases, many people enjoy massage because it involves a caring and comforting touch, a feeling of renewal and restoration.