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Massage: Not Just an Indulgence

Elements Therapeutic Massage - Southpark Dec 12, 2012

We all know how great massage feels, especially one that is customized to address the needs you have for that particular session. The change of state from before to after is one of the main attractions. But as frequent readers of our blog know, the evidence from medical research continues to pile up on the many health benefits of receiving regular massage.

Here's an excerpt of an article on this very topic from the North County Times in San Diego, CA that makes this point quite well:

“I used to feel guilty about getting a massage,” said Carmel Valley’s Brady Nielsen. “But I’d come out of my sessions with less aches and pains, feeling refreshed and much better able to handle my kids and work and everything else.”

Nielsen isn’t just imagining these benefits.

There’s growing research by organizations like the Mayo Clinic and the National Certification Board of Massage and Bodywork confirming that massage helps with stress and anxiety, depression, pain, blood pressure and immunity.

It’s used to help infants sleep through the night, treat sports-related injuries and assist with psychological issues, such as anxiety or depression.

“According to studies coming out of Miami, there isn’t a medical condition out there that hasn’t benefited by massage being part of the treatment,” said Dr. Richard Gold, the president and senior instructor at the International Professional School of Bodywork in Kearny Mesa.

Gold, who specializes in Eastern Bodywork, said there are hospital wings in China that are dedicated to massage therapy to help everyone from cancer patients to new mothers.

And, he says, the idea of a massage as a luxury treatment is more of a modern point of view.

“Massage is one of the oldest forms of medical care,” he said. “So you can say people are reclaiming what was already there.”

Throughout history, massage therapy has been used to help with everything from neurological and gastronomical issues to obstetrics and orthopedics.

If you haven't had a massage in a while, now is the time to get back in the habit. How many things out there that are so good for you and so enjoyable too?

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