Research indicates that massage decreases muscle tension, increases circulation and calms the nervous system. The result is a myriad of physical and mental benefits that can help alleviate a wide variety of conditions including:
Stress – Massage therapy is one of the best-known relievers of stress. Reducing stress gives you more energy, improves your outlook and has even been shown to reduce the likelihood of injury and illness.
Tight and Painful Muscles – Massage can stretch and knead away muscle tension to assist in eliminating pain and restoring motion.
Injuries – Massage reduces swelling and inflammation by helping to remove wastes and bring healing nutrition to injured cells. In addition, certain techniques can also help old scar tissue become more pliable and in new injuries, limit its formation.
Injury Prevention – By relieving chronic tension, massage can help prevent injuries that might be caused by stressing unbalanced muscle groups, or by favoring or forcing a tight, painful area.
Postural Problems – Massage releases restrictions in muscles, joints and surrounding connective tissue. This, coupled with stretching and strengthening, frees you body to return to a more neutral posture.