1) Counteracts the effects of sitting
Advanced forms of postural stress can show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting. Regular Massage counteracts imbalances caused by sitting.
2) Eases muscle pain
Massage increases and improves circulation, reducing muscle aches, stiffness, soreness and pain.
A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.
3) Can ease anxiety and depression
The ‘feel good’ hormones can be release, rapid/shallow breathing can slow down, and the nervous system calms. You mind can ‘switch’ off.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience.
And, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
4) Improves sleep
Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep-it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.
Massage promotes relaxation and sleep, encouraging restful feelings, increased oxygen delivery (known to provide better quality sleep), and helps you feel at ease.
5) Is an immunity booster
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease).
6) Relieves headaches
Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage, proven to decrease frequency and severity of tension headaches
Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
7) Much much more!
Check out this article from The Mayo Clinic listing so many more benefits of massage, ones we love to work on and help heal in our clinic.