If you are like most people, you look forward to your massage as a mini-vacation from the stress and worries of everyday life or from the pain that nags at you throughout each day. But what if that mini-vacation could be extended? We now know through research that massage most certainly has a soothing effect on the body’s nervous system, but having a massage does more than just relax your body and mind – there are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when massage is utilized as a preventative.
One of the specific benefits that we have seen most often in our clients is a change in muscle memory. Muscle cells have been proven to have a memory and they return to the state that they remember the most. When we are continually tense, that’s what our muscles remember. Through massage and other relaxation techniques, we can train our muscle cells to return to a state of placidness and relaxation.
The other most common benefit is increased circulation. This may not sound like much at first, but let’s take a look at what that means. Decreased circulation means that the naturally occurring toxins are not being properly disposed of and they can form adhesions or “knots”. Specific massage techniques have been proven to increase circulation to assist in the reduction of those adhesions.
Here are some other benefits of massage:
– Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
– Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
– Reduces spasms and cramping
– Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders
– 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 decreases the need for medication.
– Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.
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