Massage is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
While massage is relaxing, the benefits are numerous, including stress reduction, lowering of blood pressure, muscle relaxation, improved circulation and massage can help strengthen the body’s immune system. According to the American Massage Therapy Association Consumer Survey, 72 percent of individuals surveyed claim their primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous twelve months was medical (43%) or stress (29%). A growing body of research supports the health benefits of massage therapy for conditions such as stress, fibromyalgia, low back pain and more. Massage is also used to relieve postoperative pain, reduce anxiety, manage low back pain, enhance exercise performance, relieve tension headaches, ease symptoms of depression, improve cardiovascular health, improve balance in older adults, lower blood pressure, help chronic neck pain, increase range of motion, and decrease migraine frequency. Some studies have shown some diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, peptic ulcer disease, or cardiac disease can worsen with mental stress. While it is not clear that stress causes these diseases, it is clear that these and probably many other illnesses are influenced by stress. Therapeutic massage is good medicine for the body, mind and soul aiding the body’s ability to flush toxins and repair on a cellular level. With massage the nervous system is nourished and a sense of peace and calm are invited into the body and mind through the hands of a skilled therapist. Proper body work can help prevent injury to soft tissues. The body works to maintain an internal balance between all its systems; homeostasis. Massage is the ideal complimentary medicine to promote that balance in your body and mind.