Why is Massage Important?

The use of massage therapy is a whole body experience. It is a holistic approach to therapy as it incorporates the healing into the effects on the physical body and the mental aspect…the mind.

While massage and the various techniques of massage are ages old it is one of the most feel as you go or intuitive forms of therapy. There are numerous benefits to massage from just increasing circulation to increasing mobility. We will look at some of the marvelous benefits to our well being here.

Blood Flow

One of the basic benefits of massage therapy is the increased circulation of the blood in any area that is massaged. For example, if you rub an injured area more blood will flow to the area. This seems to be a natural instinct as with any wound the blood flow naturally increases to aid in the healing.

There are numerous studies that can attest to the benefits of massage. So what are some of the benefits that might be seen in the medical world today that utilize various forms of massage therapy?

Massage therapy has been shown to:

    * improve medical treatment
    * help improve injury recovery
    * helps to lower blood pressure
    * increases the blood circulation
    * helps to improve weakened muscles
    * helps to relax the muscles
    * can improve a person range of motion
    * increases the level of endorphins
    * helps to improve the lymph flow

Mental Health Benefits

Now since massage can improve health and benefit a persons quality of living it makes sense to include massage therapy in a medical program. So lets explore some of the benefits that apply to a person mental health.

These benefits might include:

    * Helps to relieve mental stress
    * can help with anxiety levels
    * can help to improve alertness of the mind
    * Helps improve calm thinking
    * can help a person feel nurtured via touch
    *fosters peace of mind

These are just some of the mental benefits. Now lets explore some benefits of massage therapy in a greater depth. There is an interesting fact that massage can enhance the immune system. But how does it do this? Well, massage helps to release the cells that are our immune systems first defensive lineup against and foreign invader. How?

Massage has the ability to reduce the cortisol levels in the body and cortisol has the ability to destroy the immune systems defensive lineup. So, when the cortisol levels are lowered the immune system has a better defense against disease and illness because there are more defensive cells in our body ready to ward of the foreign invaders. Now that is neat stuff there.

But some of the simpler on the surface signs of health benefits due to massage are things like the skin is healthier due to the massage causing the sebaceous glands to function better. This helps keep the skin in a cooler and cleaner condition.

Massage helps with the elimination of waste from the skin via sweat glands and improves overall elimination from the body. There is not a bad thing about properly performed massage therapy that I can find to mention. Even infants have improved with the healing benefits of touch and massage. You owe it to yourself to find out more about massage therapy and get involved in a massage session soon.