Massage Therapy is a noninvasive, holistic approach to wellness intended to maintain and support the body’s natural functions. It is also an essential component of the wellness spectrum. Direct and indirect manipulation of the body supports general physical and emotional wellbeing.
Studies have shown that massage therapy is an effective treatment for reducing stress and anxiety, relieving pain and muscle tension, injury rehabilitation, increasing and improving circulation, and promoting relaxation throughout the body. Benefits include:
· Stress Relief: Massage therapy triggers lasting feelings of relaxation, improved mood, and reduced levels of stress and anxiety. Regular massage sessions over a prolonged period of time can boost energy on a physical and emotional level.
· Muscle and Pain Relief and Injury Rehabilitation: Massage therapy for pain and muscle relief targets the source of the body’s pain by eliminating tension, increasing flexibility, and providing relaxation to the targeted areas and the body as a whole. It promotes circulation to the affected muscles, increasing nutrients and oxygen flow to the damaged tissues which then reduces stiffness in the muscles and joints, as well as increases flexibility to help reduce pain. The body releases endorphins (pain-killing hormones) during massage, which boost the dopamine and serotonin levels that promote healing and pain management.
· Improved Circulation and Lower Blood Pressure: Regular massage therapy treatment has been found to reduce blood pressure and can also reduce cortisol levels within the body. In turn, lower blood pressure levels can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. Consistent massage treatment can also reduce trigger sources for anxiety, tension, and depression, which may also impact blood pressure.
· Relaxation: When the body is tense and under stress, unhealthy levels of cortisol (a well-known stress hormone), are produced which can contribute to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and headaches. Massage therapy treatments have been shown to decrease cortisol levels in the body, enabling the body to enter a recovery mode.