Benefits of Massage
Relieves muscle tension, pain, and stiffness: increasing our "Range of Motion" and ability to be active.
Alleviates stress ( a major factor in many medical conditions). Stress directly affects the body’s nervous, cardiac, respiratory, immune and endocrine systems.
Brings oxygen and nutrients to the muscles as well as removing metabolic waste (by stimulating the lymphatic system.)
Decreases levels of cortisol (your body’s main stress hormone) and Increases levels of serotonin and dopamine (our pleasure related brain chemicals/neurotransmitters). These also help regulate mood, sleep, appetite, memory, etc
Improves sleep and sleep rhythm: Serotonin (which is increased in the body during massage) promotes the production of melatonin… our natural sleep aid.
Quiets the mind, getting us in touch with our physical body (Clinical studies have shown basic human touch is essential for well-being).
Regular massage causes muscles to be more elastic and firm, delaying atrophy from inactivity.
Improves blood circulation, and decreases blood pressure.
Brings nutrients to the skin
Breaks up scar tissue and can aid in recovery after injury or overuse.
Decrease edema ( interstitial fluid build up that can result in swelling, pain and loss of motion).
Promotes a greater functioning immune system.
Clinical studies report that people who had regular massage reported less depression, anxiety and fatigue.
Massage can often help us become aware of any emotional tension that we may be carrying in our bodies. It can quiet our minds, so we can feel things we often skip over. Healing proceeds by letting emotions and memories come and go. Massage can help release these build ups and realign the body, mind and heart with its natural flow.