Massage and bodywork is beneficial in so many ways, here are just a few:
- Stress reduction
- Tension release
- Promotes self healing
- Alleviate pain
- Improves sleep quality
- Induces deep relaxation
- Improved range of movement and flexibility
- Helps improve lymph and blood flow
- Enhances immunity
- Increased circulation encourages healthy skin and tissue elasticity
- Can help lessen anxiety and depression symptoms
- Promotes tissue regeneration
- Scar tissue reduction
- Promotes self care and improves body image
- Releases endorphin’s / amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
Research shows that with massage:
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and pains
- Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased air flow
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure
- Pre-menstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping
For the athlete massage speeds up healing of damaged and overworked muscles therefore reducing recovery time.
Increases fitness capabilities and performance potential.
Prevents future injury. Improves recovery after injury.
In my work as a massage therapist I have found that simply receiving ‘positive touch’ can be just as vital and valuable as the more physical and tangible benefits of massage. Nurturing, non-sexual touch, in a safe environment can be very therapeutic for those who are touch deprived, the elderly, alone or those who have difficulties with physical contact can benefit greatly from regular massage.