6 Great Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

(1.) Massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting. Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress, More often than not [that stress] tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck. Desk workers, beware. More advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and glutenous caused by prolonged periods of sitting.

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(2.) It eases muscle pain. Massage increases and improves circulation, and is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain. Got sore muscles? Massage therapy can help.

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(3.) It soothes anxiety and depression. Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing. Study found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.

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(4.) It improves sleep! Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep—it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.

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(5.) It boosts immunity. Massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease).

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(6.) It relieves headaches. Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches. Research found that a single session of massage therapy has an immediate effect on perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.

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