What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it
out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high
stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.
This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often
be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
- Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
- Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
- Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
- Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating
the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice
care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post surgery or pain
patients as part of the recovery process.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of
regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money
for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it
is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a
treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
Review the clinical research studies examining the benefits of massage.
Review massage information from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health.Information provided by ABMP’s massagetherapy.com
Frequently asked Questions
What do I wear in my massage?
We recommend you dress down to your personal level of comfort. Our protocol demands the use of professional draping techniques that provide constant and continuous coverage for the undressed body. Only the area being worked on is exposed, with the covering restored before moving on to the next part.
How often should I come in for a massage?
This depends on your symptoms and the severity [stiffness, soreness, or lack of mobility]. The general rule of thumb is your first month should consist of once weekly for at least 90 minutes, then weekly for 60 minutes [when symptom free] for best results.
Why should I drink a lot of water?
Drinking water completes the massage by inviting the acids released during massage to exit the muscles and joints without allowing them to resettle in the tissue, which causes a relapse of stress or pain.
What type of massage should I get?
Each massage is designed personally for each client. We use a data sheet and a consultation before each massage that enables the therapist to tailor a program that best suits your needs.
What’s your policy on massage for minors?
Children under the age of 12 may receive a massage under the following conditions:
•Parent is present in the room at all times
•Parent must sign the soap note
•Children must have on undergarments
Children ages 13 to 17 may receive a massage under the following conditions:
•Parent may waive their presence in the room
•Parent must also sign the soap note
•Children must have on undergarments
What medical conditions might prohibit massage?
This question should always be discussed with your healthcare provider but here’s a short list of general no no’s for massage:
•Certain Prescription Medications—
Must have doctors approval
•Any contagious disease
•Pregnancy [massage begins at second trimester]
Can I bring my kids in the room?
Company Policy prohibits any child under the age 12 from being left in the waiting area unattended.No, we do not recommend children come to an appointment, but it is a personal decision between each therapist and client.