Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress. This means that for many people, massage can help to decrease anxiety, enhanced sleep quality, give greater energy, improve concentration, increase circulation, and reduce fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. According to the ABMP, bodywork can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- 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.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften tired and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
*Massage therapy is for relaxation purposes only. Massage therapists are not permitted to diagnose or ensure a cure for any ailment.