Benefits

Benefits of Massage

Experts estimate that upwards of 90% of disease is stress-related, and perhaps nothing ages us faster than high stress. Massage therapy is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation and lymphatic flow.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Massage therapy can also help specifically address a number of health issues, some of which are listed below.

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow —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 skin — the body’s largest organ.
  • 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 painkillers.
  • Relieve headaches and migraine pain.

Benefits of pregnancy massage include:

  • Helps relieve nausea.
  • Increases circulation.
  • Increases flow of nutrients to placenta.
  • Aids in postural realignment.
  • Gives relief to joint discomfort.
  • Relieves minor edema (swelling) by aiding venous return.
  • Opens chest for a deeper breath and supports learning deep breathing.
  • Fetus receives gentle massage and relaxation benefits.
  • Teaches awareness of body tension patterns.

Benefits of postpartum massage include:

  • It supports and enhances the realigning process, with a focus on the pelvis and ribs.
  • Assists breastfeeding by alleviating tightness and helping with some breastfeeding difficulties.
  • Releases shoulder, neck and arm tension from the care and feeding of an infant.
  • Helps relieve tension from the birth process.
  • Reduces fatigue and helps the mother regain energy.
  • Supports fluid balancing.
  • Helps pelvic and abdominal organs, including the uterus, return to pre-pregnant positions.

 

Source: Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and Claire Marie Miller Seminars.