The Long Term Benefits of Massage

Stress affects us all! A good massage does wonders for your body and mind. The list of benefits of regular massage treatments is long, and, interestingly, the long-term benefits often outweigh the short-term, especially as they accumulate over time.

Immediately after your massage, you’ll feel reduced tightness in your muscles, improved blood flow, more relaxed breathing, plus reduced anxiety and stress.  What we do is to open the body, allowing it to heal itself. Your body has an amazing ability to heal; all it needs is a jumpstart.  This can take 1 to 4 treatments approximately a week apart.  Diligence is a must with any treatment schedule.  After your first month of sessions you may only need a circulatory tune-up about every 6-8 weeks.  Over the long term, Full Body Balancing can improve your circulation increasing your body’s ability repair itself.

Here is a sample list of some of the longer-term benefits of massage:

1.    Relaxation and Stress Relief

The damaging physiological effects of stress are reduced by a good circulatory massage. A relaxation response is induced that can benefit the immune and digestive systems, and create positive changes in the entire body/mind. In fact, many experience an enhanced sleep quality as a result of massage.

2.    Increased Flexibility

Your massage therapist has the ability to actually increase your joint flexibility and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles.

3.    Improved Circulation

Massage increases blood supply and nutrition to the muscles. This accelerates the removal of metabolic waste products from the muscle tissue as well.

4.    Heightened Body Awareness

Receiving massage can help you recognize muscular tension as it occurs, so you can take measures to release it before it becomes a problem.

5.       Reduce Chronic Pain

A knowledgeable and experienced practitioner can help you to increase mobility, relieve headaches and reduce chronic pain.

The American Cancer Society has conducted studies of the benefits of massage for cancer patients. It has been concluded that massage can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue in people who have serious illnesses such as cancer. Many health care professionals recognize massage as a useful, noninvasive addition to standard medical treatment.

Some medical practitioners claim massage raises the body’s production of endorphins (chemicals believed to improve overall mood), loosens mucus in the lungs, promotes sinus drainage, and helps arthritis, colds, and constipation.

The renowned Mayo Clinic has also conducted studies on the benefits of massage and found that massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

Stress seems to creep into the lives of almost everybody at some point – a massage can help greatly. Schedule one today!

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