Getting a professional massage is one of the best ways to relax, unwind, and escape the pressures of everyday life. But according to an article by the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), a national membership association for massage/bodywork practitioners and students, massage therapy can a have a plethora of additional benefits for your mind and body. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Alleviate stress. Medical practitioners for years have said that many diseases are related to stress level. Massage therapy can help to decrease anxiety and relax the mind and body – a great way to manage stress.
Pain management. Especially for people with chronic pain, massage therapy can be a great treatment to alleviate pain and improve your overall range of motion. Experienced massage therapists will tailor a treatment plan based on your painful problem areas. Massage also aids in endorphin release, which works to alleviate pain – whether it is pain from exercise or even a migraine!
Boost your immunity. Did you know that massage therapy improves your lymph flow? This works to boost your body’s immune system and prevent illness.
Assist in athletic training. Massage therapy can be a great way to unwind your muscles, and help you to recover from strenuous exercise. It can also help to prepare your muscles for upcoming events or intense training.
Improve circulation and tissue regeneration. Through the working of the muscles, massage therapy gets your blood flowing, which improves overall circulation. This aids in regeneration of healthy tissue, which can reduce scar tissue and stretch marks.
Many research studies have also been done on the benefits of massage –which has showed some interesting benefits for specific groups of people. For example, massage has been shown to improve airflow and pulmonary function in children with asthma, has reduced itching and pain in burn victims, and has reduced cramping and bloating in premenstrual women. While the validity of these claims warrant more testing, the existing and potential benefits of massage are exciting to discover!
We recently started offering massage therapy at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Call our office today to schedule a consultation, and to start reaping the benefits of massage therapy!