Massage is not just about relaxation. That is only one of the many benefits it provides. Better yet is consistent pain management, and not just for your back. Regular massage can keep away headaches, repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndrome, relieve pain and numbness in the hands due to tight muscles squeezing nerves, do away with a “crick” in the neck, loosen up those stubborn muscles that make you feel like your shoulders are pulled up to your ears, and get that plantar fascia stretched back out the way it ought to be, to name just a few pathologies that can be helped through massage.
Circulation and Immunity
Another great benefit – increased circulation and a boost to your immune system, which in turn leads to increased energy levels. Increasing the circulation of blood allows the body to nourish itself more effectively with oxygen and nutrients, getting those vital elements to the organs and muscles where they should be. Tight muscles restrict blood flow, and massage is one of the most effective ways to resolve that issue. Increased circulation benefits not only the circulatory system, but the lymphatic system as well. Getting things moving in the lymphatic system decreases edema and swelling, and stimulates the production and circulation of white blood cells needed for fighting pathogens in the body. In other words, it promotes the effectiveness of your immune system so you stay healthy more easily. A stronger immune system is one of the long term cumulative benefits of receiving massage on a regular basis. And despite the increase in circulation, studies have found evidence that therapeutic massage helps lower blood pressure.
Stress is a normal part of life, and one that each individual handles differently. Massage therapy is one of the best methods for relieving stress buildup by loosening tight muscles, allowing them to relax into their natural state, and calming the central nervous system. Receiving massage can bring the client to a feeling of tranquility.
Flexibility, Strength, and Muscle Tone
Massage increases range of motion and joint flexibility by keeping your muscles loose. It helps to reduce recovery time from strenuous workouts, and also serves to stretch and exercise atrophied muscles, and decrease shortening them. Getting muscle tension out through massage reduces muscle spasms and