We all love a massage. But it doesn’t have to be the occasional guilty pleasure. What if an hour on the table helped prevent cancer? Kept leg cramps at bay? Improved digestion?
More and more scientific and medical proof is being discovered about the astounding benefits of regular massage. For example, instead of scheduling bodywork after you’ve injured yourself, you can be proactive and prevent strains and pulls with regular sessions which improve flexibility, range of motion and pain-free movement. Massage is used to treat chronic diseases, injuries and drastically reduces the effects of stress and anxiety.
The Mayo Clinic states that massage is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a broad range of medical conditions and situations. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Studies have also found massage helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort, and connection (Mayo Clinic, 2015).
Studies show that the more massage you can allow yourself, the better you’ll feel. Here’s why: When something hurts, you tend to rub it, right? The healing benefits range from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles. Experts estimate that 80-90% of disease is stress-related. Massage relaxes, and this positive benefit carries over to many aspects of life, including lower blood pressure, fewer headaches, better sleep and more concentration. Having a massage does more than just calm your body and mind - there are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when massage is utilized as preventative, frequent therapy. With increased circulation, more oxygen and nutrients are sent to the tissues and vital organs. By stimulating the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defenses are enhanced. Massage also plays a huge part in your health and how youthful you appear.
With so many amazing benefits, budgeting time and money for regular massage are truly an investment in you. So what are you waiting for? Schedule your massage with Kristin Churchill today!