What are the benefits
Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often a person gets a massage, the better he or she will feel and the more quickly their body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. These changes are readily felt in day-to-day life as well, which adds another dimension of reinforcement. If you are getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed, so be prepared to schedule several sessions.
– American Massage Therapy Association
- Improves flexibility as massages stretches and lengthens the muscles and fascia of the body. In many cases therapists can stretch areas of the body that you alone are unable to stretch effectively. Detoxifies the body of waste products both in the skin and internally, resulting in healthier, younger looking skin and improved internal function.
- Breaks up muscle restrictions and trigger points, commonly called “knots” thus reducing pain and increasing strength and flexibility.
- You may move with more ease and have an increased range of motion in muscles and joints after your treatment.
- Massage encourages a healthy heart by decreasing elevated blood pressure and also helps increase the strength of the heart’s muscle contraction and amount of blood moved by the heartbeat.
- Experience an increase in metabolic rate leaving you feeling energized.
- Massage promotes deep relaxation and stress reduction.
- Relieve mental fatigue by allowing your mind to completely relax so you can refocus your thoughts while on the table and off.
- Decrease depression, anxiety, and post partum symptoms.
- Improve muscle tone and help prevent muscle atrophy when exercise is not an option especially after surgery.
- Stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer.
- Increase elasticity and resilience of the skin.
- Increase the range of motion (ROM) in muscles and joints which will allow you to move with more ease.
- Decrease recovery time from bone fractures and other injuries.
- Increase blood and lymph flow and their capacity to transport and hold nutrients such as oxygen, making your body and systems more efficient.
- Encourage strong immune function and disease prevention.