The benefits of massage therapy go far beyond the traditional ideas of luxurious spa settings with candles and relaxing music.
What used to be only for the rich and privileged, is now being practiced in hospitals, medical offices, and clinics all over the world.
When I started massage school 10 years ago, I thought I would be providing that “plush” spa environment for my clients. Little did I know that “plush” would rarely be what a client truly needed.
Many times, the greatest benefits of massage therapy, and what causes a total release of stress, is knowing and feeling that your therapist’s attention, time, energy and focus is totally on you and your healing.
Although, the basic goal of bodywork is to help the body heal itself by increasing blood flow, bringing oxygen to muscle tissue and helping to eliminate waste build-up, the “greatest” goal is to release the worries of the mind, if only for a while.
Here are a few other massage therapy benefits:
- Promotes deep relaxation – sometimes allowing our bodies to go into the first or second stage of sleep
- Reduces pain from many syndromes and disorders such as TMJ, PMS, Carpal Tunnel, Piriformis, Plantar Fasciitis, and much more
- Increases immunity by increasing lymph flow
- Improves Range of Motion
- Eases the pain of Arthritis
- Allows our bodies to release the pain of Trauma and Injuries
- Improves muscle tone and stimulates circulation,reduces the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, dark circles nourishes, hydrates, detoxifies, – just some of the benefits of facial massage
- Aids in recovery from injuries
- Allows release of bowels in Constipation
- Promotes emotional well-being-allowing healing of mind, body and spirit.
- Improves our ability to handle Stress and reduce the hormones adrenalin and corticosterone that cause high blood pressure.
- Improved quality of sleep
- Aids with pain of colic in babies
- Speeds healing of Sciatica
- Increases circulation and promotes natural healing
- The healthy benefits of massage therapy can bring peace to our bodies, a sense of peace that goes on and on, far beyond the hour of therapy.
We all search for ways to relieve stress, cope with pain, and give our bodies healthier alternatives to junk food and weight gain.
Massage therapy can be a great addition to your lifestyle by helping you deal with all these issues. The benefits of massage therapy may greatly outweigh any price you pay for the session.
It has been estimated that 80-90% of illness is stress related. Although massage may not be a “cure-all”, it can certainly help us to manage the stresses of everyday life.