Hands on Health ... the Stress Reducer
Nov 5, 2009
What Is So Good About Massage Anyway?
- Stress Reduction:
Massage is a great way to reduce the stress in your life. Not only are the physical effects very soothing, but there is often reduced anxiety and increased feelings of well-being. Massage has been proven to reduce levels of "stress hormones" that can be hazardous to your health. In addition to causing many types of health problems, some of these stress hormones are even thought to cause weight gain.
- Pain Relief:
Muscular aches and pains, some joint pains, and some nerve impingements (pinched nerves) are often reduced or eliminated through massage therapy. Also, when combined with multiple styles of massage therapy like Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Myofascial Release,or even Jin Shin Do Acupressure those with chronic pain may get the benefit of long-lasting relief. Pain management and relief from conditions such as chronic low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, lupus, myofascial pain syndrome, migraines and other headaches, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, and arthritis is common.
- Less Soreness:
Muscle soreness from your fitness and sports activities, called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), can be decreased with massage.
- Improved Circulation:
The circulation of the blood and lymph are generally improved, helping you to eliminate toxins, feel great, and promote healthy bodily function. This is true of all massage techniques but especially with Swedish Massage and Hot Stone Massage.
- Improved Flexibility:
Massage can enhance tissue elasticity and flexibility and help increase the range of motion (mobility) of your joints. To improve flexibility massage therapy combined with Myofascial Release and Muscle Energy Technique, works very well. Even people with some forms of arthritis and Parkinson's Disease can receive this benefit - Ask your Doctor.
- Better Sleep:
Many people sleep more restfully after receiving massage therapy. The benefit often continues several days after receiving massage therapy.
- Better Athletic Performance:
Anyone who wants to be better in their sport should have massage therapy. In addition to the benefits above, Sports Massage can reduce recovery time from workouts, help prevent injury, and speed up healing of injuries that you get - letting you make greater gains.
- Improved Posture:
Massage therapy can improve your posture by releasing muscles and connective tissues that lead to poor posture. Better posture helps to relieve stress on joints and muscles, reducing pain, reducing chronic tension, and increasing energy.
- Reduced Anxiety and Depression:
Studies by the Touch Research Institute of the University of Miami report reduced anxiety and feelings of depression with regular massage therapy.
- A More Comfortable Pregnancy:
Any mother who received massage therapy during her pregnancy can tell you that there's nothing better! Massage during pregnancy is safe and effective in relieving the aches and pains that often accompany the changes in the expectant mother's body. Guys, it's a great gift for the mom-to-be.
Best of All....It feels GREAT!!