Massage Therapy: 
The Benefits of Nurturing Touch

back massageMassage therapy has some health benefits that you may not have discovered. That’s the purpose of this website! Take a look at the tabs to the left.

Everybody can benefit from massage. Professional massage is not just for the rich and famous. It’s no longer just a relaxing spa escape from the stress of the week. Through scientific research massage has been shown to have some incredible therapeutic effects in relieving many troubling symptoms, pain and dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system.

Massage therapy is now the fastest growing healthcare profession in the nation and one of the most popular alternative medicine treatments. From July 2011 to July 2012, 34.5 million Americans got a massage at least once. Of those, 43 percent reported they did so for health conditions such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness. Ninety percent agree that massage therapy can be effective in reducing pain.

Thirty four million Americans discussed massage therapy with their doctor or healthcare provider this last year. Of those, fifty percent of health care providers strongly recommended massage therapy. While Chiropractic offices led the way in referrals; doctors, physical therapists and nurses also recommended or referred patients for massage therapy. Sixty one percent of all Americans would like to see massage therapy covered on their insurance policy. And almost every Massage Therapist believes massage should be included in the health care field. (statistics from American Massage Therapy Association Industry Fact Sheet 2013)

We all want to feel, work, move better and be pain free. Here is a brief summary of how the benefits of massage can help you personally.

Helping Your Body Heal Itself

Massage has many overall benefits to help with your every day stress and health. Stress is one of the causes and contributing factors of nearly 75% of all modern diseases. Relaxing and de-stressing your body is one of the greatest benefits of massage. Massage helps keep the body in good working order. It strengthens the body to be able to heal itself, as it is designed to.

massaging friends Massage can improve circulation by increasing nutrition to the cells of your body. It can assist with the removal of cellular and metabolic wastes. Massage improves oxygen delivery to the soft tissues.

Massage therapy can aid you with deeper, more relaxing sleep. It helps break up scar tissue and breaks up pain cycles. And that’s just to name a few of the many benefits of massage therapy!

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Here is a list of a few of the benefits of massage therapy with links to some of the other topics discussed on this site:

• Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
• Reduces headaches
• Reduces muscular pain
• Decreases fatigue
• Helps prevent injuries
• Promotes better sleep
• Improves mental clarity
• Strengthens the immune system
• Improves posture and structural balance
• Improves skin tone
• Increases muscular strength and flexibility
• Increases elasticity and resiliency of muscles
• Improves contraction ability of muscles
• Increases range of motion
• Improves blood and lymphatic flow
• Faster recovery time for overworked muscles
• Decreases scar tissue and improves collagen remodeling
• Relieves muscle cramping and trigger point pain and dysfunction
• Reduces adhesions and fascial restrictions
• Improves athletic performance

The Science of Massage

Massage therapy is a respected science, an effective alternative treatment with goals and desired outcomes specific to your needs. With over 100 different types of touch therapy and body work methods there is something that can help you with the numerous health problems and symptoms that you might be experiencing.

A once unregulated field, massage therapy is now regulated in most states and the proper education and standards are in place. The term "medical massage" is being used more and more as an alternative treatment. A well trained massage therapist can choose from many methods and blend them together for the most appropriate outcome for your needs.

Explore the Benefits of Massage

This web site is here to help you discover how massage can benefit you. Aside from all the scientific language, people just want to be touched and being positively touched is therapeutic. cat massage

Wise old Hippocrates once said, “The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day.” Your journey into the unbelievable effects of massage therapy has just begun!

Select a topic from the navigation bar on the left side of any page, or from the list below to find out what massage can do for you personally.

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