Massage can be a powerful tool to take charge of your health and well being. With every touch, the benefits of massage go much deeper than rest and relaxation. In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself.
So what exactly are the benefits to receiving massages on a regular basis?
1. Massage increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, including the body's largest organ - the skin.
2. Massage stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
3. Massages relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles, reducing spasms and cramping while increasing joint flexibility.
4. Massage reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
5. Massage releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
6. Massage reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
7. Massage improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with lower back pain.
8. Massage relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
9. Massage provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with a restricted range of motion.
10. Massage assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety and shorter hospital stays.
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