Massage Therapy offers drug-free, non-invasive, therapeutic relief to people of all ages by tapping into the body’s own ability to heal itself, and can improve a variety of health related conditions such as reducing stress-related tension, increasing circulation, stimulation of the lymph system which helps defend against toxin invaders, improved range of motion, reduced muscle spasms and cramping, and many others.
Massage has two major physical effects:
- It increases blood and lymph circulation.
- It relaxes and normalizes the soft tissue (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments), which releases nerves and deeper connective tissues.
Massage improves blood and lymph circulation. This is probably due partly to the physical manipulation of soft tissue and partly to the chemicals released as part of the relaxation response.
Improved circulation can enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. As cellular health improves, tissues function more efficiently. More efficient functioning leads to the removal of waste products and may increase the absorption of excess fluids and reduce swelling in soft tissues.
Massage therapy relaxes muscle tissue, which reduces painful contractions and spasms. Massage can also reduce nerve compression, improving the transmission of messages to and from the brain, which improves the functioning of the muscles and organs, and can also lead to better alignment and balance.
Organs benefit from massage, as they share neurological pain pathways with muscles, bones, and nerves. When muscles, bones, or nerves are distressed, organs can sometimes reflect distress and dysfunction.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), a growing body of research supports the health benefits of massage therapy for conditions such as stress, fibromyalgia, low-back pain and more. They’ve released this list of 25 reasons you could benefit from a massage:
Come in and see how you can benefit from adding massage therapy to your health and wellness regimen.