Massage Therapy and Its Benefits

Massage Therapy and Its Benefits

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Massage therapy is quite beneficial in many ways and also for various activities that we perform on a daily basis. Therapeutic massage has been found to foster peace of mind, promote a relaxed state of mental alertness, help relieve mental stress, improve ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, reduce levels of anxiety and increase awareness of mind-body connection. If you’ve never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.

General health
Massage is known to increase blood circulation and lymph fluid movement, and also decreases the blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. People, who undertake massage therapy on a regular basis, have greater joint flexibility and range of motion. Massage therapy also enhances athletic performances, promotes deeper and easier breathing, improves health and nourishment of the skin and improves posture.

Rehabilitation and Healing
Therapeutic massage can stimulate weak and inactive muscles resulting in a faster, more complete recovery from an illness or injury in which inactivity causes muscle deterioration. Massage has also promoted weight gain in both premature and HIV-exposed infants.

Pain relief
It is fairly common for pregnant women to undergo massage therapy in order to alleviate the discomfort associated with pregnancy. Additionally, athletes frequently get massaged to alleviate muscle pain. Massage therapy has proven to reduce the pain and swelling caused by strained muscles and sprained ligaments. Additionally, it helps to relieve tension-related headaches and headaches related to eyestrain.

Focus and Attention
Research studies have found that office workers who receive regular massages perform better at their job tasks than those who do not. Additionally, office workers who were regularly massaged are more alert and less stressed than those who did not regularly undergo massaging. Massage therapy also promotes reduction of erratic behavior in some children, which is common amongst autistic individuals.

Relief from headaches
Almost everybody suffers from a headache at some point. Headaches can be debilitating, and typically results from high stress levels and/or lack of sleep.

Massage therapy decreases the occurrence of headaches; sleep disturbances and distress symptoms in adults with migraine headaches. It also increases serotonin levels, which are believed to play an important role in the regulation of mood, sleep and appetite.

Massage therapy has physical, mental and emotional benefits. Massage therapy has been found to be extremely effective in stress and anxiety reduction, and it has also been proven to reduce the symptoms and feelings of depression. People who rely on prescription medication to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression will surely benefit from a few sessions of massage therapy.