Benefits of Massage
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- 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 the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery 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.
4 Ways to Maximize the Benefits of your Massage
1. If this is your first massage, please watch this 5 minute video to better understand what to expect during your massage session.
2. Stay hydrated
This is extraordinarily important both before and after the massage. Good hydration will make it easier for the therapist to work on you. Also, drinking plenty of water after your treatment will help reduce discomfort after deep tissue work.
3. Communicate your needs and interests in advance so that your therapist knows what kind of experience you are looking for. This will help make sure that all areas of concern are addressed.
4. Make sure that you keep those lines of communication open during your massage – don’t suffer through pain thinking you’ll feel better afterwards. Additionally, let your therapist know if something is working particularly well for you. Therapists love positive feedback!
5. Schedule your massage for a time of day when you won’t have to rush off afterwards. Factor in time to enjoy the benefits of your massage.