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.