Top 5 Reasons for a Massage

  1. Stress
    • Physical
      • Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
      • When healthy research participants were massaged for only ten minutes, the results indicated that the back rub was effective in inducing relaxation.
      • The effectiveness of a 15-min. on-site massage while seated in a chair was evaluated for reducing stress as indicated by blood pressure. 52 employed participants’ blood pressures were measured before and after a 15-min. massage at work. Results showed a significant reduction in participants’ blood pressure after receiving the massage.
    • Emotional
      • Fosters peace of mind
      • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
      • Helps relieve mental stress
      • Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
      • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
      • Massage reduced anxiety in depressed children and anorexic women. It also reduced anxiety and withdrawal symptoms in adults trying to quit smoking.
      • When depressed, hospitalized children and adolescents were massaged, they wereshown to be less depressed and anxious and had lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels after the massage.
  1. Pain
    • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
    • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
    • Pain was decreased in people with fibromyalgia, migraines and recent surgery. Back pain also might be relieved by massage.
    • When adults with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to a massage therapy group, which received twice-weekly 30-minute massages for five consecutive weeks or a wait-list control group, the massage group reported fewer distress symptoms, less pain, more headache free days, fewer sleep disturbances and taking fewer analgesics. They also showed increased serotonin levels.
    • When a group of persons suffering almost exclusively from a lumbar-sacral disc hernia received three treatments of reflexology massage for a week, sixty-three percent of the group reported a reduction in pain.
    • Massage therapy decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms and increased serotonin levels in adults with migraine headaches.
    • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  1. Preventative Medicine / Health investment – maintaining long term optimal health
    • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
    • Promotes deeper and easier breathing
    • Massage therapy reduced anxiety and depression and improved immune function including increased natural killer cell number in women with breast cancer.
    • Massage therapy decreased diastolic blood pressure, anxiety and cortisol (stress hormone) levels in adults with hypertension.
    • Immune system. People with HIV who participated in massage studies showed an increased number of natural killer cells, which are thought to defend the body from viral and cancer cells
    • Reduces blood pressure
    • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
    • Strengthens the immune system
  1. Injury Recovery – accelerate healing
    • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
    • Rehabilitation post-operative
    • Rehabilitation after injury
  1. Improve flexibility & range of joint motion
    • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
    • Sports-related soreness. Some athletes receive massages after exercise, especially to the muscles they use most in their sport or activity. A massage might help increase blood flow to your muscles and may reduce muscle soreness after you exercise.
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Posted on June 8, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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