massage-therapy-for-wellnessWhy do so many people invest in their wellness through massage therapy? There are many different reasons to receive massage just as there are many different types of massage therapy available to address those reasons. For simplicity’s sake I’ll define two broad categories that massage clients typically fall into: relaxation and pain reduction.

Those looking for relaxation benefits from a massage recognize that decreasing stress levels and getting their body to relax is a critical part of a solid wellness regimen. Aside from the proven medical benefits of maintaining low stress levels, clients often find it helps improve their day to day functioning whether it be in the social, work, or home environment. Approaching daily tasks and responsibilities with less stress often makes life seem more manageable.

Clients looking for pain reduction through massage therapy are usually looking to reduce their discomfort due to a musculoskeletal issue. This can be as simple as a stiff neck from sleeping in a bad position to as complex as rotator cuff surgery recovery. The variety of musculoskeletal issues that can lead to pain necessitate a skilled practitioner who can accurately assess your condition and apply modalities that are most appropriate.

Bear in mind that even if you’re receiving the most effective modality for your condition, having a skilled practitioner makes all the difference. My clinical experience with physical therapists has help me develop a therapeutic approach to massage. This approach can help alleviate discomfort and increase mobility associated with common medical conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, sports related overuse syndromes, etc.

The bottom line: if you’re going to the Bahamas or just sitting around at home and feel like pampering yourself with a massage, go ahead. But make sure not to overlook massage as a valuable component of maintaining the health of your muscular and skeletal system. Massage therapy could very well be the key that you are missing to taking your wellness to the next level.