Benefits of Massage Therapy

This last year I have been attending massage school in an effort to expand my education and the services I’m able to offer to my clients. I will finally be up and running by the end of August. It has been an amazing journey and the thing that has surprised me the most is the sheer number of positive benefits it offers. Here is a list of some benefits to massage therapy:

Massage Therapy dilates blood vessels

improves blood circulation

decreases blood pressure

promotes removal of waste products

reduces ischemia

reduces heart and pulse rates

increases stroke volume of the heart

increases red blood cell count

increases oxygen saturation in blood

increases white blood cell count

promotes lymph circulation

reduces edema

increases skin temperature

improves skin tone

stimulates oil glands in the skin

improves skin conditions

reduces stress and anxiety

promotes relaxation

increases dopamine and serotonin levels

reduces cortisol levels

reduces stress hormones

reduces feelings of depression

decreases pain

relieves muscular tension

relaxes muscles

reduces muscle soreness and fatigue

reduces trigger point formation

separates muscle fibers

increases range of motion

improves performance (balance and posture)

lengthens muscles

increases flexibility

tones weak muscles

reduces excessive scar formation

decreases adhesion formation

increases mineral retention in bones

promotes fracture healing

improves connective tissue healing

reduces respiration rate

strengthens respiratory muscles

decreases asthma attacks

improves lung functions

relieves constipation

stimulates digestion

improves sleep patterns

improves mood

decreases feelings of anger

increases academic performance

increases mental alertness

and much, much more.

With all of the medications people take today for various ailments , it is possible that massage therapy could be some of the best medicine around.

Some medical conditions massage therapy can be useful are, Alzheimer’s Disease, Anemia, Asthma, ADHD, Burn Victims, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Constipation, Diabetes, Eating disorders, Edema, Fibromyalgia, Headaches/ Migraines, High Blood Pressure, Overuse Injuries, Sprains, Strains, Insomnia, Low Back Pain, Lung Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Nerve Entrapment, Poor Circulation, PMS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and TMJ.

Instead of popping pills with negative side effects, consider massage therapy for what ails you.

 

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