Many clients believe only benefit of massage is stress reduction and anxiety. It is true that massage helps to relax however it is only one of many benefits another benefits include:
Lowers Blood Pressure -Massage can helps to decrease levels of stress and anxiety, which can be underlying causes of hypertension. It reduces the production of cortisol present in high stress situations.
Reduces Scars and Stretch Marks -Massage helps regenerate tissue which in turn helps to reduce the production of scar tissue and the stress on the skin that causes stretch marks.
Lessens Anxiety and Depression -Massage contributes to a sense of well-being, in part because it encourages the body to release “feel-good” hormones like serotonin and oxytocin.
Tone of Weak or Atrophied Muscles- While stretching will give the muscles some increased movement, massage helps to improve the flow of blood and oxygen bringing nutrients to the underused muscles.
Improves the Condition of the Skin- The skin is the body’s largest organ and the one most exposed to harmful external influences. It is important to keep the skin healthy and strong. Through the use of nourishing lubricants as well as the movements of the massage therapist’s hands along the body, the skin benefits from the increased blood flow and lymph circulation.
Improves Proprioception- (Proprioception – sense of where our body is in space and time) Lack of healthy touch can impair this sense, but massage can restore it and make you less clumsy and more surefooted.
Body Image- People who get regular massages have more positive feelings with regard to body image than those who do not get massages studies have shown .
Chronic Pain- Massage helps relax tense muscles, improve blood flow and remove toxins from the body which contribute to chronic pain . Massage also is a trigger to release body natural pain killer endorphins.
Range of Motion- Through the use of both passive stretching and massage techniques joints become more flexible thus improving overall range of motion in previously affected joints.
Use of Medication- Clients use less pain medication and medications to reduce stress if they get regularly scheduled massages studies have shown.
Immune System- Light massage strokes helps to stimulate lymphatic system which act as natural defense against viruses and bacteria.
Quality of Sleep- Some studies have shown massage may also affect the production and release of melatonin, a natural hormone that encourages sleep.Gentle massage activates the parasympathetic part of the nervous system, responsible for relaxing the body.
Improves Concentration & Focus- Massage also improves the balance of hormones such as serotonin, which can improve focus.By helping your mind and the body to relax, massage can reduce the mental noise that is often so distracting.
Fatigue- Massage reduces fatigue in a couple of ways. By encouraging the body to go into a deeper, more relaxed sleep you are able to recuperate faster from a tiring day.These techniques are often used in sports massage to help athletes prepare before an event.Massage itself can also invigorate and energize you if the strokes used are firmer and faster than a gentle Swedish technique.