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How Can Massage Therapy Benefit Me?
According to Massage Envy's Web site
, "massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis, and with the busy lives we lead, we can all benefit from a little stress-management."
Whether it is a Trigger Point, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Reflexology, Hot Stone or Cranial Sacral, the overall benefits massage therapy provides can help you maintain and lead a more balanced, healthier lifestyle.
- Relieves Stress
Stress management is a key component for anyone striving to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Enrolling in a reputable massage therapy program leads to significantly increased energy levels, reduction of nagging pains, and the improvement of our overall physical and mental performance.
- Encourages Relaxation
Through massage therapy, we become aware of our daily stress levels. This allows us to recognize what true relaxation feels like so we can more easily recreate it for ourselves, before stress becomes chronic and damaging.
- Improves Posture
With a consistent program of massage therapy, the painful points in muscles are loosened and relaxed, joints have greater freedom, and pressure points are relieved.
- Improves Circulation
Massage facilitates circulation because the pressure created by the massage technique moves blood through congested areas. The release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow in.
- Helps Lower Blood Pressure
A number of long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower sources of depression, anxiety and hostility.
- Relaxes Muscles
Once the body recognizes what true relaxation feels like, the mind ca then easily recreate it before stress becomes chronic or damaging.
- Improves Flexibility
By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints, massage can stimulate the production and retention of our bodies' natural lubricants between the connective tissue fibers, making stretching and movement easier, and keeping the body flexible.
- Relieves Headaches
Massage therapy allows one to maintain a level of relaxation and stress-relief, reducing the chances of stress-induced migraines, decreases the occurrences of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms, and reduces muscle spasms and trigger points.
- Strengthens the Immune System
Massage therapy increases the bodies' natural killer cells, aids in the fight against bacteria and infection, and enhances the bodies ability to get nourishment to important areas.
- Enhances Post-Operative Rehabilitation & Improves Rehabilitation After Injury
By increasing circulation and relaxing muscles, massage helps the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients to tissues and vital organs. This allows the rehabilitating areas to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated level.
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