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Top 10 Health Benefits of Massage

Posted by Natalie Noel on 06/24/15



Massage therapy is more than just relaxing. Massage is a natural, non-invasive, drug-free approach to healing. It harnesses the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Studies continually prove that numerous physical and emotional benefits can come from just one session. In fact, a WebMD poll shows that 86% of people agree that massage effectively reduces pain. It is also beneficial for back pain, reducing the need for pain medicine by 36%. So what can massage do for you? 

1. Relieve Stress
Stress relief is key to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Even a single session can lower heart rate and reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) by up to 50%. It can also improve your mood by increasing certain hormones like dopamine and serotonin.

2. Encourage Relaxation.
Massage can help the body enter a calming rest and recovery mode that lingers long after a massage is over.

3. Improve Posture 
Poor posture is no longer painful to fix. Massage helps to get your posture back on track by reinforcing healthy and natural movements in the body.

4. Relieve Headaches
Over 45 million American suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Massage can ease the pressure and pain as well as reduce the frequency of headaches.

5. Improve Circulation
Massages can improve circulation in your body, causing new blood to flow through to improve body function. This not only can lower blood pressure but also eliminate toxins from your muscles and fat.

6. Boost Immunity 
A massage increases your white blood cells, which ward off diseases. Also, a reduction in stress can also improve your immune system.

7. Improve Your Zzz’s 
Between 50-70 million Americans have sleep problems that affect their health. Studies show that massage can combat insomnia and other sleep disorders due to lower stress levels and increased relaxation.

8.  Relax Muscles
Whether you’re sitting all day at the office or running miles, odds are you have muscle pain, maybe in your neck or back. Massage gets to the root of pain by relaxing tense muscles.

9.  Improve Flexibility
Massage relieves tight joints by keeping them fluid and flexible, making you less prone to injury.

10. Aid in Rehabilitation
After an injury, rehabilitation can be wearisome. Adding a continual massage routine can accelerate your recovery process while keeping you relaxed and focused.

These days it seems there’s a massage type to fit everyone. The most common are Swedish, sports, deep tissue, and stone that normally range from 30-90 minutes, however anything from prenatal to reflexology are offered. For more information and offered services, visit our Therapeutic Massage page.


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