Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
- 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 body's largest organ—the skin.
- 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 postsurgery 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 painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
Massage can help specific systems of the body, here is one example for each system:
- Integumentary System
Transmits the psychological benefits of touch
- Endocrine System
Negating the effects of stress
- Urinary System
Increases urine production by aiding movement of fluid
- Muscular System
Relieves muscular pain and accelerates the rate of functional recovery
- Lymphatic System
Improves elimination of wastes and relieves edema
- Respiratory System
Helps with relaxing postural muscles which reduces the efforts of breathing
- Digestive System
Promotes secretion and digestion of food
- Nervous System
Induces motor responses that will sedate the muscles as well as the organs and glands
- Cardiovascular System
Increases venous flow, removal of toxins, cellular nutrition and oxygen to the area