Health Benefits of Massage & Bodywork
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health, reports that massage is one of the most popular complementary therapies used by Americans. Massage can involve many types of hands-on techniques that press, rub, squeeze and stretch the muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissues in the body. Massage can be deep or gentle.

Recognized as a holistic therapy that enhances the body’s natural healing abilities, massage has become a mainstream complimentary treatment offered in hospitals, medical offices, spas and other wellness centers for the treatment and prevention of a wide range of health issues.

Relieves Chronic Pain

Massage has earned the respect of the medical community with more than 70% of doctors referring their patients to massage therapists for chronic pain conditions such as Sciatica (lower back and hip pain), Fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, Shingles, Multiple Sclerosis, nerve damage, etc.

Reduces Blood Pressure

Long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

Supports Healthy Sleep Patterns

Adequate sleep is necessary for healthy functioning, and quality sleep is vital to health and wellness. Mayo Clinic studies have found massage to be beneficial for insomnia. Massage reduces fatigue and improves sleep by affecting the delta waves (brain waves connected to deep sleep).

Eases Symptoms of Arthritis

Regular massage of muscles and joints provides a significant reduction in pain and facilitates better range of motion in people with osteoarthritis.

Boosts Immunity

Massage increases activity levels of natural killer T cells and disease-fighting white blood cells, which fight off viruses and tumors.

Increases Muscle & Skin Tone

Massage increases blood flow to skin, joints and muscles, which are warmed by the extra circulation. Increased blood flow also plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage (the shuttling of toxins out and away from cells so that more nutrients can travel in) and adds vitality to a dull
complexion.

Manages Stress, Anxiety & Depression

Massage lowers the stress hormone Cortisol by as much as 50% while also increasing serotonin and dopamine, the two neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.

Alleviates PMS & Menopausal Symptoms

Massage benefits woman by helping them cope with the physical and emotional manifestations of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Menopause by promoting a release of calming endorphins, helping to regulate the body’s fluid balance and re-balancing hormone levels.

Reduces Discomfort During Cancer Treatments

Massage is particularly helpful for people living with or undergoing treatment for serious illnesses, such as cancer. Numerous studies have shown that massage relieves fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression and nausea in cancer patients.

Supports Alertness

The relaxation that massage delivers helps you “hear” your body’s signals more clearly, whether it is an awareness of hidden stress or the need for more or less of something in your life. Companies big and small have discovered the benefits of wellness in the workplace and are using massage as a way to reduce stress in the office environment and increase productivity.