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Benefits of Massage Therapy:
Massage has been used for thousands of years because of the positive effects. Massage therapy helps you to maintain a healthy body and mind. Massage therapy may have the reputation that it is only a luxury, something for rich and famous people. However, massages are beneficial to everyone and should be seen as a regular part of healthy living. The biggest benefit of massage is immediate relaxation. Relaxing the body allows time for you to focus on yourself and your breathing, which is my best advice for overall well-being.
Some of the many benefits of regular massage therapy sessions:
Rids your body of toxins
Increases muscle quality
Helps repair tissue
Improves range of motion
Improves body flexibility
Helps in fat absorption
Increases mental concentration and memory
Helps immune system
Improves recovery after exertion
Relieves headaches and migraines
Improves muscle resistance and stiffness
Improves nightly sleep
Pain Relief: All of us feel stress. Add the pain from an injury or illness or occasional back pain and we can be deprived of good sleep. Soon we can feel as if life is controlling us. It is discouraging. Proper therapeutic massage relieves both mental and physical stress. The change in stress and muscular tension reduces pain in your body, allowing you to sleep longer and comfortably. Only during the deepest, restful sleep is your body able to rebuild, restore and recharge. Also, research has shown massage to be effective in treating low-back pain.
A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine followed back-pain sufferers who participated in three different groups receiving either massage, acupuncture, or educational information. After ten weeks, the massage group reported a 47% improvement, the acupuncture group improved by 38%, and the educational group improved by 27%. The study showed benefits of massage therapy lasted longer than the post-massage feeling of relaxation. Even a year after the study was finished, the massage group maintained the positive benefits.
How does massage reduce your back pain? Massage eases muscle spasms and tensions. As muscles relax, your circulation increases, which brings healing oxygen to the muscle tissues. Certain massage techniques release painful trigger points, increase flexibility, and increase mobility. Massage therapists are trained to deal with sore and painful tissues. If you have pain, the goal is to work within your pain threshold, gently rubbing and squeezing to trigger relaxation in the back and throughout your body. Imagine how much better your back will feel with improved blood flow, decreased tension, increased relaxation, and ease of movement. Most pain originates in the soft tissues. While working out, your muscles tend to get sore from a buildup of lactic acid. Massage therapy helps reduce these post-workout pains.
Stress Relief: Stress hormones made to alert and prepare us for action are drastically reduced during massages allowing our body systems to relax. The press, push, and rub of massaging touch helps your mind clear and your body to relax.
Sleep Better: Muscle tension is found and released during massage sessions. Most headaches along with other body pains are related to tight muscles and are relieved with massages.
Control of your life: When your mind and body are working properly, it is easier to take control of most situations at work and home. Even addictive behaviors like drinking, smoking, and overeating are easier to control with regular therapeutic massage therapy sessions.
Improved Health: Your immune system functions better with massage because of the increase in circulation, which provides body systems with oxygen in and waste out.
Massage can also aid in weight loss. We know that eating right and exercising is the best way to lose weight. Weight seems to be lost easily at the beginning of a new exercise routine. Then, as the body evens-out, it seems harder to shed more weight. Some of this early weight loss is water weight. Massage at this stage helps release this excess water. Research has also shown massage therapy aids in fat loss by bursting the fat capsules that reside in tissues. This fat can now be more easily absorbed and eliminated by the body.
Remember massage alone will not make someone lose substantial weight, but massage therapy complements a healthy lifestyle and gives the body a vital boost aiding in a balanced weight. Research has shown that massage therapy increases the tone of your muscles. Increasing the ability to build muscles increases the ability to control weight. Strong muscles burn more calories, and this allows a wider range of activities to stay healthy.
Massage helps detoxify the body. Stimulating massage therapy moves the lymph in your body and cleans toxins from your cells. You are always asked to drink plenty of water after a massage so your body is able to flush away the toxins.
Massages also help with the excretion of fluids for tissue repair. Massage therapy safely stretches connective tissues and breaks down scar tissue.
Research has also revealed regular massage improves range of motion, flexibility, lessens the risk of injury, and corporate chair massages performed at work can increase employee production by as much as 20 percent.
Massage therapy also increases circulation which is vital to a healthy metabolism and helps you burn calories faster. With workouts and exercise, there is a chance of overstraining, which makes the body weaker. Since massage is relaxing, it allows the body to rest, unwind, and reduce the chance of overstraining.
One of the most practical ways to oxygenate the body is with massage. Healing oxygen travels through the body in the blood and lymph systems, and the benefits of regular massage therapy will help you live a longer and healthier life.
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