What are the benefits of receiving massage treatments?
Massage provides relief to all kinds of people—the weekend or competitive athlete, the home gardener, and the overstressed executive struggling to keep pace in today’s economy. Secretaries, laborers, waitresses—anyone can feel a need for massage at some point in time. The older population, as well, will benefit from massage, as it enhances flexibility and circulation. The bedridden can also be helped with massage therapy. There are some conditions where massage is not recommended, however. Your massage practitioner should ask for information regarding any specific health conditions from which you may be suffering in order to determine if massage is contraindicated for your health. In some cases, your massage practitioner may need your doctor’s permission before providing services.
Massage therapy can help you:
- Alleviate lower back pain
- Improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease dependence on medication, especially for pain relief.
- Enhance immunity by the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve pain from migraines and other headaches.