Benefits of Regular Massage

Although a single massage will be enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism, and so help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and any resulting structural weaknesses. Massage can stimulate or calm the nervous system-depending upon what is required by the individual-and thus help reduce fatigue, leaving the receiver with a feeling of replenished energy. At its best, massage has the potential to restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually.

Care of your body should be at the top of your priority list. You will feel and look better if you take the necessary steps regarding health and nutrition in this age of increased longevity. Stress relief alone can improve your vitality and state of mind. Massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies could play an important role in your life.

With many chronic ailments, massage can relieve the pain and help heal. As with physical problems, emotional problems may also be stimulated into self-healing with massage. In many cases, this helps eliminate the need to take harmful chemical drugs, which will unnecessarily burden the liver, kidneys, and other vital organs.

Massage provides relief to people from all walks of life—the weekend or competitive athlete, the home gardener, and the overstressed executive struggling to keep pace in today’s economy. Secretaries, laborers, waitresses—anyone can feel a need for massage at some point in time. The older population, as well, will benefit from massage, as it enhances flexibility and circulation.

Benefits of Massage & Chiropractic

Therapeutic Massage is an age-old remedy, which has proven to be an effective complement to chiropractic care. Massage helps to stabilize the spine and increase the benefits of Chiropractic adjustments.  Massage creates greater blood circulation and the release of tension, thus increasing the benefits of Chiropractic adjustments.  Tight muscles can pull the spine out of alignment, and massage relaxes and releases muscle tension.  Together, chiropractic and massage facilitate the natural healing power by keeping the body in proper alignment and ensuring a free flow of nerve impulses and circulation of fluids.

The Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy

During pregnancy a woman's body undergoes many changes, some of them stressful and uncomfortable. Massage is a perfect way to reduce stress & promote general well-being. Most doctors all agree that a relaxed mother will have a happier, healthier pregnancy and possibly an easier childbirth experience, too.

A thorough massage session takes at least one hour, during which you will be comfortably supported in a side-lying position (prenatal) & draped for your comfort. Only the body part being worked on is exposed. The massage room will be quiet & comfortable. It is fine to interrupt your massage to use the restroom, however, for maximum comfort, avoid heavy eating & drinking for two hours before your session.

Regular massage during your pregnancy can;

  • Enhance self-esteem & self-image, helping the pregnant woman feel more at home in her changing body.
  • Massage can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes mom is experiencing.
  • Massage helps mom's body to eliminate waste products through the lymphatic & circulatory systems, which combats fatigue and helps the mother feel more energetic.
  • Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts during pregnancy, such as backaches, a stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches, edema, and sore, swollen ankles and feet.
  • Massage increases local & general blood circulation, which brings more oxygen & nutrients to the cells of both the mother and fetus. This means greater vitality and less fatigue for mom and better nourishment for her baby.
  • By aiding circulation, massage eases the load on mom's heart and helps to keep her blood pressure in check.
  • It relaxes tense muscles and tones loose muscles, and can also increase muscular flexibility. Flexibility will be most helpful during the last trimester and during the birth itself.
  • Massage helps to soothe and relax nervous tension, which helps the mother sleep more easily and more deeply.

Massage can be used during the birth to make it easier and more comfortable for mom, and after the birth as well, to help her regain her strength more quickly and ease postpartum stress.

Reduce heart rate

Regular massage helps to reduce stress and improve blood flow, thereby enabling the heart to pump the same amount of blood with less effort, which can lead to improved heart health.

Lower blood pressure

High blood pressure (or hypertension) is when the blood moves through the arteries at a higher pressure than normal, which can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. Regular massage helps to combat the effects of stress – a leading contributor to high blood pressure – helping to lower blood pressure and maintain the body’s natural sense of wellness.

Improve blood circulation

The movements of massage cause blood to flush in and out of muscles and joints, increasing the delivery of vital oxygen and nutrients. This process can, in some cases, aid recovery time from injuries and provide the entire body with a greater sense of wellness.

Improve lymph flow

The lymphatic system rids the body of wastes such as bacteria, viruses and toxins. Regular massage helps to promote healthy lymph flow by working to reduce fatigue and stress, and stimulating the body to remove potentially damaging waste products, thus maintaining its natural defense system.

Boost the immune system

Studies show people with high stress levels get sick more often than the general population. Beyond the stress-reducing and sleep-promoting benefits of massage, regular massage has been shown to help increase the immune systems cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and decrease the number of t-cells, which improves the body’s overall immune functioning.

Reduce formation of excessive scar tissue

By stimulating the skin and muscles, and increasing blood flow throughout the body, regular massage helps promote tissue regeneration, and reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.

Improve skin health and nourishment

Regular massage helps to increase blood circulation, exfoliate dead skin cells and tone the skin, which encourages cell regeneration and assists in excreting waste products. The result is healthier, better-looking skin.

Increase wellness

Regular massage helps to improve blood flow, stimulate the body’s natural defense system, relieve stress and promote deep, restorative sleep. The cumulative effect directly improves overall health and well-being.

Improve sleep

The movements of massage cause blood to flush in and out of muscles and joints, increasing the delivery of vital oxygen and nutrients. This process can, in some cases, aid recovery time from injuries and provide the entire body with an improved sense of well-being.

Increase relaxation

It’s easy for the day’s stresses to add up, causing the mind to race and muscles to tense. Regular massage eases tight muscles and helps to release endorphins, which helps the body feel better, enabling restorative relaxation and helping the mind and body maintain a healthy state.

Relieve stress and enhance relaxation

Whether it’s tight deadlines, relationship problems or a flat tire, we all face stressful situations every single day. Regular massage puts the mind and body at ease by easing sore muscles, relieving stress and prompting the body to release endorphins.

Reduce stress

Both short and long-term stress triggers changes in the body, which increases the likelihood of getting sick, raising the risk of serious conditions like heart disease, and can make problems we already have worse. Regular massage relaxes the body and mind, and releases endorphins, which relieve stress and improve mood.

Relieve mental stress

Regular massage has been proven to improve the mind’s ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, enhancing capacity for calm thinking and creativity.

Reduce anxiety

Regular massage prompts the body to move from sympathetic activity to parasympathetic activity, enabling the mind to calm and slow down – similar to taking your foot off the gas in a car. This respite from intense thought and stress “restarts” the mind and restores a healthy mental state.

Relieve back pain

When afflicted with back pain, even the simplest tasks become huge challenges. Regular massage improves blood flow to oxygen-starved back muscles and prompts the body to release endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller. The results are faster recovery and improved range of motion.

Relieve sore muscles

Regular massage increases blood flow, which provides much-needed oxygen, and releasing of endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – to help relieve muscle tension and stiffness.

Relieve muscle tension and stiffness

Regular massage stimulates tight muscles, joints and ligaments; improves oxygen-rich blood flow; and helps the body release endorphins to make it feel better.

Reduce muscle spasms

Spasms and cramps can be painful, unexpected and frustrating. By gently and gradually stretching and manipulating muscles, regular massage may ease pain and hasten recovery.

Relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye strain

Every muscle and nerve in the body is interconnected in some way. When you have a sore back or tight neck, or when you’re constantly straining your eyes, the ripple effect can travel throughout the body. Regular massage manipulates and increases blood flow to the back, neck, and all muscles of the body so it can return to a natural state of wellness.

Experience deeper and easier breathing

There’s a reason people say, “take a deep breath” when things get a little stressful. It’s because deep, easy breathing naturally puts the body at rest. Regular massage eases sore muscles and reduces stress that can constrict normal breathing.

Improve posture

Tight, sore muscles can throw off the body’s balance. And, before long, muscles that were not initially tight begin to tense as they compensate for other parts of the body. The chain reaction spreads through the body impacting posture. Regular massage addresses the problem immediately, easing muscles and enabling the body to maintain a healthy posture.

Enhance athletic performance

Overly sore muscles cannot function properly. Regular massage can help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts by increasing oxygen-rich blood to tired, sore muscles, helping to restore natural wellbeing more quickly.

Improve peace of mind and sense of well-being

By reducing stress, promoting restorative sleep and increasing endorphin production, regular massage helps the mind and body maintain a natural sense of wellness.

Benefit emotionally

In today’s frenetic world, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to indulge in quiet reflection, which, over time, can begin to manifest physically. Regular massage enables the body to go from sympathetic activity to parasympathetic activity, enabling the mind to calm and slow down, which greatly benefits emotional well-being.

Enjoy a caring, nurturing touch

From birth, humans have the need for contact and nurturing. Regular massage fulfills this need while providing a retreat from the real world.

Increase awareness of the mind-body connection

Regular massage quiets the nervous system, which causes muscles to release. Released muscles, in turn, allow the mind to relax. This results in the mind and body being healthier and more physically in tune for increased wellness.

© Copyright 2007. Deenise Thorsen, LMT 913-369-5011 Member of ABMP.

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