There’s no denying the powerful effects bodywork has on our health.
Regardless of whether we call it stress relief, pain management, or a luxurious indulgence, massage therapy can be a powerful part of your healthcare regimen.
The benefits of massage are even more powerful when taken in regular doses – researchers at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami tell us that the more massage we get, the greater the long and short term benefits!
Here’s why: Experts estimate that a large majority of disease is stress related, or exacerbated by stress. And perhaps nothing ages us faster – both internally and externally – than high stress levels. And we know that regular massage is a great way to manage stress! This translates to:
• Enhanced sleep quality
• Decreased anxiety
• More energy
• Improved concentration
• Increased circulation
• Reduced fatigue
Massage induces chemical and physiological changes that cascade throughout the body.
Research shows that with massage:
• Patients with high blood pressure demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure and anxiety.
• Children with asthma show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
• People with arthritis note fewer aches and decreased pain and stiffness.
• Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
• PMS sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
• Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
So here’s the great thing about bodywork.
It’s benefits are compounded when scheduled as a regular part of your healthcare regimen. The more you get massaged, the better! Regular massage can play a huge role in keeping you healthy and youthful throughout your life.
Budgeting time and money for regular massage is really an investment in your own wellness. And remember – just because massage feels like a luxurious treat doesn’t lessen its therapeutic benefits!
So invest in your health today, and work with me to establish a treatment schedule that best suits your needs!