Massage has a wide-range of therapeutic benefits that help many better function: for example:
It’s has the ability for a child with ADD to focus better as well as employees to be more attentive simply after a 15-30 minute chair massage. Definitely a great incentive for parents and employers.
Athletes recover sooner from exertion and massage enhances their performance.
Massage can assist with quicker recoveries from surgery since massage increases circulation, decreases pain, and patients sleep better after a massage improving their ability to fight infection thus speeding up their recovery.
Smokers have been known to have reduced cravings after a massage.
Taking a closer look at how these benefits take place, let’s look at what a massage therapist does that produces these results. As a massage therapist strokes, kneads, stretches and rubs down the body, muscle fibers that are tight or partially contracted relax to their normal state; thus, muscles perform their daily functions more efficiently.
A massage therapist also softens the tissue and joints which also increase range of motion. Loose, more flexible joints can enhance an athletes’ ability to perform their specific movements more efficiently than normal. A regular massage for an athlete will enhance their abilities and they will notice on and off the field.
Studies conducted at the University of Miami School of Medicine learned changes one experiences in their dopamine, serotonin and endorphin balances in the blood system through massage. Massage encourages increased production of natural cells that fight pathogens also effecting moods and emotions.
Longer massages not only relax a person but it also raises serotonin levels which intern subdues stress, anxiety, and increases pleasurable sensations. In addition, irritability and depression are decrease while inducing calming and comforting sensations one feels. Interestingly enough, massage can also help in controlling hunger cravings.
With all these effects massage can have on our bodies, it’s not just about pampering yourself (which is a plus) but also complete wellness the body needs to live a longer, healthier, and happier life.