The benefits of massage therapy are something you shouldn’t shrug off

The body responds immediately to stress with tensing of the muscles, shallow rapid breathing, increased adrenalin, and elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Massage helps eliminate the accumulative negative effects of stress.

Muscles relax under massage while friction stimulates the surrounding soft tissues. Soft tissues include the muscles, ligaments, tendons and other forms of connective tissue. – Blood and lymph circulation increases, speeding up the body’s natural removal of toxins from the tissues. Scar tissue between muscle fibres is broken down. – Massage helps reduce the swelling and pooling of fluids at the site of recent injury or trauma. – Massage therapy treats both acute and chronic soft tissue injuries.

Research verifies the positive effects of music on blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates, pain perception, and on the immune system. “Music Therapy” is incorporated with massage at most establishments and is now used in many areas of medicine including:

- Pain management

- Physical rehabilitation

- Labour and delivery

- Oncology

- Paediatrics

Massage Therapy affects the whole of your metabolism by acting on all of the body systems: muscular, skeletal, digestive, excretory, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous.

Research on the effects of massage therapy has been ongoing for more than 120 years. A surge in research over the past 20 years has resulted in more than 2,500 published studies. At the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Touch Research Institute, 70 studies on touch — the majority on massage therapy — have been published or are under way. Recent and ongoing research at some of the Amercia’s hospitals, such as Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, is expanding knowledge of the benefits of massage for a variety of injuries and ailments. Among research findings:

Massage increases activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”, boosting the immune system. – Office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren’t. – Massage therapy decreased the effects of anxiety, tension, depression, pain, and itching in burn patients. – Abdominal surgery patients recovered more quickly after massage. – Premature infants who were massaged gained more weight and fared better than those who weren’t. – Autistic children showed less erratic behavior after massage therapy.

“Massage therapy is beneficial for almost all diseases. Eighty percent of disease is stress-related, and massage reduces stress.” — Sandra McLanahan, M. D., family practitioner, Buckingham, Va.

Why not give it a try, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Don’t let your fears about your body talk you out of trying massage, these people are fully trained and honestly already have seen it all. Why is this in the beauty pages? Well, have you ever seen a person come out of a massage room? They are alive, relaxed and radiant… true beauty!

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