There are wall paintings that survived from Ancient Egypt that depict healing practices that look remarkably like massage – muscles being worked for health purposes. Hippocrates, the namesake of the Hippocratic Oath, also writes about the benefits of massage for the healing of the body. Massage can be found as early as 3000 B.C.E. in India and China, as a divine system of natural healing. Over the last few decades, massage as a form of health treatment, rather than a form of pampering, is being rediscovered. More people are seeing massage therapists for regular treatment now than even as recently as four years ago. And research has been able to show that this link between massage and health is more than aimless talk or tradition.
Massage has been shown to have benefits in the treatment of such diverse conditions as cancer, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, Fibromyalgia, and headaches. For individuals diagnosed with long term and painful conditions like cancer or HIV/AIDS, massage therapy has been shown to reduce pain and depression among the patients as well as boosting immune function. Patients with arthritis see a reduction in pain as well as improvement in motion and stiffness. Individuals suffering from fibromyalgia see similar improvements in stiffness, pain, and depression, but with the added benefit of increased energy levels. This helps improve the overall quality of life by reducing fatigue. And while these conditions are not typically widespread, many people suffer from headaches and migraines on a regular basis. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches and migraines, which can decrease the reliance on prescription or over-the-counter-medicines by relaxing the muscles of the face, head, and neck.
With the health benefits of massage piling up, the only question to ask is what is stopping you from making an appointment? If massage therapy can help reduce anxiety, depression, and pain in patients with conditions like cancer and arthritis, it will improve your quality of life as well. Call today to make your appointment with Elements Massage Chandler Village 480-917-4880!