What can Massage do?
1. Massage is relaxing
It can soothe depression and anxiety because it reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. It can lift your spirits, lower blood pressure, and elevate neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine which are involved in depression.
2. Massage can decrease pain
Injury and/or vigorous exercise cause tiny tears in muscle tissue, leading to inflammation, discomfort and pain. Massage therapy works differently from anti-inflammatory drugs which decrease inflammation and pain, but may slow natural healing. If you are continually supressing inflammation with drugs, the body may not heal itself adequately. Massage therapy can both reduce inflammation and enhance recovery at the cellular level. Massage can reduce stiffness and pain; give better range of motion for those with osteoarthritis.
3. Improves Sleep
Studies point to massage's effect on delta brain waves, connected to healthy, rejuvenating sleep.
4. Boosts Immunity
Massage therapy is linked to a better functioning immune system due to its effect on lymphatic circulation. Massage can reduce stress, and keep you healthier.
5. Reduces Headaches
Regular massage therapy can decrease pain for people with tension headaches and migraines.
Massage therapy increases blood flow, encourages the lymph system to move toxins, dead cells, bacteria and viruses out of your body.
7. Eases Cancer Treatment
Massage therapy is beneficial for people living with cancer or other serious illnesses. Massage can reduce pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression associated with serious illness.