Treatment Benefits

What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Therapeutic Massage is useful for all of the conditions listed below and more:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.

  • Reduce spasms and cramping.

  • Increase joint flexibility.

  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.

  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.

  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.

  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.

  • Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.

  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.

  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.

  • Ease medication dependence.

  • Lessen depression and anxiety.

  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.

  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.

  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.

  • Relieve migraine pain.

A Powerful Ally

There’s no denying the power of bodywork.  Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:

  •        Decreased anxiety.

  •        Enhanced sleep quality.

  •        Greater energy.

  •        Improved concentration.

  •        Increased circulation.

  •        Reduced fatigue.


Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving therapeutic massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Profound Effects

In response to therapeutic massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with therapeutic massage:
 

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.

  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.

  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.

  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.

  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.

  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.


Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post surgery or pain patients as part of the  recovery process.

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits

Getting a therapeutic massage can do you a world of good. And getting therapeutic massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. Consider therapeutic massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

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