What if those minutes of massage did more for you than just relieve the pressures of the day? What if they helped you combat stress? Or if the targeted bodywork helped you recover from strained quadriceps in half the time? What if you found relief from years of chronic pain? What if your sleep, digestion and mood improved with massage and bodywork?
Evidence is showing that the more massage you can allow yourself, the better you will feel. Here's why:
The Effect of Stress
Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of disease is stress-related! Massage and bodywork is there to combat that alarming number by helping you remember what it means to relax. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life. Besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety, massage can help to lower blood pressure, increase circulation, improve injury recovery, relieve pain, encourage deep sleep and increase concentration. It reduces fatigue and can give you more energy to handle stressful situations.
Massage is a great addition to your health regimen and can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of the present moment, massage can provide balance on an emotional and spiritual level, bringing with it true relaxation, calm and peace.
What Massage Does
In an age of technical and sometimes impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive, and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. What follows is a brief list of the many known, research-based benefits of massage and bodywork:
- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs;
- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system. And, increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ -- the skin;
- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles;
- Reduces muscle spasms and cramping;
- Increases joint flexibility;
- Reduces recovery time and helps prepare the body for strenuous workouts, reducing subsequent muscle pain of athletes at any level;
- Releases endorphins -- the body's natural painkiller -- and is proving beneficial in patients with chronic illness, injury, and post-op pain;
- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred;
- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain;
- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and may decrease the need for medication;
- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion;
- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as reduces the need for medication, eases postpartum depression and anxiety, and contributes to a shorter hospital stay.
Interested in additional information about the healthful benefits of massage and bodywork? I’d love to talk with you! Call me at 513-703-3697, email melissa@motionTMB.com, or schedule an appointment online here: MotionTMB Schedule
Happy summer to you. Be well!