First in a Series of Posts About the Benefits of Massage
By: Laurel Gibbs, LMP and Massage Therapist at MenZone
Do you enjoy the feeling of a great massage? One that begins in a quiet room with subtle hints of lavender in the air. You’re tucked safely into the warm sheets of the massage table. There is a soft music playing, and your everyday thoughts are starting to vanish, merely by the serenity of your surroundings. As the massage progresses, you reach that deepest level of relaxation possible, near a state of meditation, and your only awareness is the present moment. These are some of my favorite things about a massage… But there is so much more happening to your body.
Did you know that massage —
- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
- Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin.
- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles.
- Reduces muscle spasms and cramping.
- Increases joint flexibility.
- Helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of an athlete at any level.
- Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller. It is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.
- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.
Look to future posts for more discussion on the benefits of massage. Better yet, call or stop by The MenZone to setup an appointment to discuss how massage services will improve your quality of life.