What is massage?
Massage is touch with intent, using focused methods of pressure to manipulate the body's soft tissues and provide a different level of communication and physiological response.
Massage and Stress Relief
One of the primary and often cited benefits to massage is relief of stress, which also preventatively treats many other diseases and illnesses. Experts estimate that 80% to 90% of disease is stress-related.
Massage is an effective tool for experiencing the following benefits:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Boots immune system function.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage and Overall Health
It can also be a catalyst for a host of physiological reactions in the body which can benefit both overall health and issues such as:
- Alleviating low-back pain and improving range of motion.
- Assisting with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Enhancing immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
- Exercising and/or stretching weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Helping athletes of any level prepare for - and recover from - strenuous workouts.
- Improving the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- Increasing joint flexibility.
- Lessening anxiety and stress.
- Promoting tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue.
- Pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reducing postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reducing spasms and cramping.
- Relaxing and softening injured, tired, and overworked muscles.
- Releasing endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
- Relieving migraine pain.