The Wellness Factor of Massage

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The Wellness Factor of Massage

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.

4 Comments

  1. Larry says
    November 16, 2012 12:32 am

    Having given a number of masasges, I think I can offer a few tips.A nicely-scented oil or cream is good, especially if the person wanting the massage is tensed up or in pain. Make sure it is warm though: Cold on warm skin can REALLY tense a person up.Apply pressure, but don’t roll the muscle: That will cause it to knot up.Don’t put too much pressure on the feet, if that’s where you’re starting: The bones and arches can be delicate. But holding pressure on spots up either side of the achilles’ tendon will help your legs relax.For a back massage, rub up either side of the spine, and start from low down. That will cause the tension to more or less roll up and out.I hope that helps!

    • Ajmal says
      December 20, 2012 3:29 pm

      Helps relieve mclsue tension and stiffnessFosters faster healing of strained mclsues and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissueReduces mclsue spasmsProvides greater joint flexibility and range of motionEnhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or workReduces blood pressureHelps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strainEnhances the health and nourishment of skinImproves postureStrengthens the immune systemTreats musculoskeletal problemsRehabilitation post operativeRehabilitation after injury

      • Selin says
        July 4, 2013 5:23 pm

        Massage Therapy can be a profitable caerer however it can take years to build a successful practice. You must really like people and be able to separate yourself from others emotions (like a nurse or a doctor). Working in a spa can afford you a steady income and benefits but not the same income as private practice. What you can charge for a massage varies greatly by town/city/state/region.It is a very strenuously job, and most people only stay in the field for 5-8 years due to burnout or injury.I would recommend that if you are interested that find out if any massage schools in your area hold discovery workshops in which you get a one-day crash course.I love my caerer and don’t regret entering it at all, but I would recommend that you look into it seriously before you make the schooling commitment.

      • Open says
        July 4, 2013 5:23 pm

        Helps relieve mcusle tension and stiffnessFosters faster healing of strained mcusles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissueReduces mcusle spasmsProvides greater joint flexibility and range of motionEnhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or workReduces blood pressureHelps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strainEnhances the health and nourishment of skinImproves postureStrengthens the immune systemTreats musculoskeletal problemsRehabilitation post operativeRehabilitation after injury

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