The Health Benefits of Massage

Stress is a normal part of life. It is essentially any positive or negative change to which we must adapt. How we respond to these changes determines the impact of stress on our lives. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. Studies have shown that massage therapy and bodywork contribute to a reduction of the stress hormone cortisol and help to release endorphins, thereby improving coping, promoting a sense of well-being, and improving overall health.

While massage therapy is most known for promoting relaxation, there are benefits of massage that can address physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels far beyond just that. Specific techniques, when utilized by an educated, skilled and experienced professional can also:

  • relieve muscle tension, spasm, stiffness and soreness
  • improve circulation of blood, nutrients and oxygen to speed healing
  • release endorphins, which reduce pain, anxiety & depression
  • reduce strain and dysfunction in joints
  • reduce and realign scar tissue fibers
  • reduce inflammation
  • relieve headaches
  • reduce mental stress and fatigue
  • improve sleep
  • reduce the risk of injury
  • enhance endurance and performance
  • improve recovery time from intense workouts
  • improve flexibility, mobility and range of motion
  • promote balance and coordination
  • improve posture
  • enhance immunity
  • increase energy
  • increase body awareness
  • connect and ground the mind-body-spirit