Regardless of the adjectives we assign to massage (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. The incredible benefits of massage are doubly powerful if taken in regular doses. Professionals at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami explain the more massage you get, the greater benefits you reap.
Here’s why: Experts estimate that upwards of 90% 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:
-Enhanced sleep quality.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance massage provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits. In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Here’s the beauty of massage: its benefits are compounded when massage is utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you get, the more it does. 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 massage at consistent intervals, say once or twice a month, is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat does’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and I will work with you to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
In general its better to schedule more frequent sessions, usually once a week for a month or two, when just beginning to work on an new or existing issue or complaint. After you have seen improvement you can go down to once or twice a month.
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage?
Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can: –Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
-Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
-Ease medication dependence.
-Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow, the bodys natural defense system.
-Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
-Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
-Improve the condition of the bodys largest organ the skin.
-Increase joint flexibility.
-Lessen depression and anxiety.
-Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
-Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
-Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
-Reduce spasms and cramping.
-Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
-Release endorphins amino acids that work as the bodys natural painkiller.
-Relieve migraine pain.