Though many are under the misconception that massage is a luxury for pampering, the real purpose, and benefits, are far more valuable than that to the health and well-being of most people. Massage therapy is an amazing form of natural medicine with loads of benefits to your health you may never have guessed - physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Pain Management
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 Management
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

In the time since I humbly ventured into the world of massage therapy, I have become keenly aware of the many misconceptions and misinformation about this industry. The one most common is that many perceive massage as something only those with excessive disposable income seek as a form of pampering. This could not be more off-base. Only a very small percentage of my clients come to me for nothing more than to be pampered. On the contrary, the majority come to me because they are in pain, hence the “therapy” part of my trade. They suffer from stress and muscle tension, resulting in pain, low energy, and limited physical mobility. There is nothing more enjoyable about my line of work than to help improve the quality of life for my clients – especially the warm, fuzzy feeling I get as each client leaves my studio feeling refreshed, relaxed, and free of the torment in which they arrived.

I’d have to say that pain relief is the number one reason anyone walks through my doors. The caring, intuitive, high-quality service I give is why they come back. That, and to maintain a healthy physical and mental state of being. Many would be amazed at the numerous benefits that regular massage therapy has to offer.

Aside from relief of pain and maintenance to keep those muscles loose so it doesn’t come back, massage increases blood circulation into the muscle giving it the nutrients it needs, lowers blood pressure, and increases flexibility and range of motion, which decreases the likelihood of injury to the muscle during activity. Keeping those muscles nourished keeps them healthy and functioning at maximum capacity. A tight muscle is a starving muscle, is not fully functional, and will fatigue more quickly than a healthy one. There are many more benefits to massage, but more on that later, as well as how to maintain healthy muscles on your own so you don’t have to suffer between appointments!

Neelou Saleh
Licensed Massage Therapist
Kingwood, TX