Benefits of Massage



The Benefits Of Massage

Massage may well be the oldest and simplest form of medical care. Paintings of people giving and receiving massage have been found in Egyptian tombs.

 The ancient Greeks and Romans used massage as a primary form of medical treatment and the Chinese had documented the benefits of massage as far back as 3,000BC.


Massage, or body therapy as it is also known, is a natural instinct. The benefits of touch have, it seems, always been known to man and appear across all cultures right around the world.


Massage therapy refers to a comprehensive health management strategy focusing on the application of various techniques to positively affect the soft tissues and joints of the body. 


 Techniques most commonly include pressure and compression, kneading, frictioning, and mobilizing to improve the health and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia or connective tissue of the body.


Today massage is thought of as a holistic therapy that complements medical treatment. The"Physician's Guide to Therapeutic Massage" shows that massage can decrease pain,

 improve range of motion, improve mood, aid in the circulation of blood and lymph flow, reduce muscle and joint soreness, and improve sleep.

 

One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm.

This occurs because massage promotes the release of endorphins.

Endorphins produce a feeling of well being and levels of stress hormones such
 as adrenalin and cortisol are reduced.

Studies show that long term stress suppresses the immune system.
As massage reduces the production of these stress hormones the immune response maybe improved. 

  • Some of the physical benefits of massage include:

Reduced muscle tension

Improved circulation

Stimulation of lymphatic system

Increased joint mobility

Improve skin tone

Speedier healing of soft tissue injuries

Heightened mental alertness

Reduced anxiety and depression





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