Marlene Stork
NCMT, PDMT
 

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The Benefits of Massage Therapy
 
What exactly are the benefits of receiving Massage Therapy or bodywork treatments?
Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, Massage Therapy can:
  • Alleviate pain
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow... the body’s natural defense system
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
  • Improve circulation... pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • Improve range of motion
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ... the skin
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Lessen anxiety and depression
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • Reduce post surgery adhesions, and swelling
  • Reduce spasms and cramping
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Release endorphins... amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain
A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of Massage Therapy coupled with good nutrition and regular moderate exercise. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), Massage Therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, Massage Therapy can, without a doubt, help to manage stress.
This translates into:
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Increased circulation
  • Improved concentration
  • Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage.
The emotional balance that Massage Therapy provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Profound Effects
In response to Massage Therapy, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body with profound effects.
Research shows that with Massage Therapy:
  • Arthritus sufferes note fewer aches with less stiffness and pain
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress         hormones
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing Massage Therapy, and it is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Receiving a massage can do you a world of good. Receivng a massage more frequently can be even better. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for Massage Therapy at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because a massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs!