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Benefits of Massage

Physical Benefits of Therapeutic  Massage:
– Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
– Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
– Fosters healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments;
—-reduces pain and swelling;
—-reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
– Reduces muscle spasms
– Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
– Enhances athletic performance
– Promotes deeper and easier breathing
– Improves circulation of blood and movement
of lymph fluids
– Reduces blood pressure
– Helps relieve tension-related headaches
– Helps relieve effects of eye strain
– Enhances the health and nourishment of ski
– Strengthens the immune system

Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy:

– Fosters peace of mind
– Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
– Helps relieve mental stress
– Improves ability to monitor stress signals
and respond appropriately
– Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
– Satisfies needs for calm thinking and creativity
– Satisfies needs for caring – nurturing touch
– Fosters a feeling of well-being
– Reduces levels of anxiety
– Increases awareness of mind-body connection

Medical Conditions that may Benefit from Massage:

– Allergies
– Anxiety and stress
– Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
– Asthma and bronchitis
– Carpal Tunnel syndrome
– Chronic and temporary pain
– Circulatory problems
– Depression
– Digestive disorders, including spastic colon,
constipation and diarrhea
– Headache, especially when due to muscle tension
– Insomnia
– Myofascial pain (a condition of the tissue
connecting the muscles)
– Reduced range of motion
– Sinusitis
– Sports injuries, including pulled or strained muscles
and sprained ligaments
– Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)

Note: All information on benefits are  from the American Massage Therapy Association, www.amtamassage.org