The Benefits of Massage: Is Bodywork Right For Me?
Massage provides relief to people of all ages-from infants to seniors-and from all walks of life-the weekend or competitive athlete to the home gardener or overstressed, overworked executive.
Bodywork offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's
natural ability to heal itself. Massage has many effects, such as:
Deep relaxation and stress reduction
Relief of muscle tension and stiffness
Reduced muscle spasm and tension
Relief from entrapment of nerves in muscle
Greater joint flexibility and range of motion
Increased ease and efficiency of movement
Promoted deeper and easier breathing
Better circulation of both blood and lymph fluids
Reduced blood pressure
Relief of tension-related to eye strain and headaches
Faster healing from pulled muscles and sprained ligaments
Reduces pain, swelling and formation of scar tissue following injury
Relaxed state of alertness
Reduced mental stress: a calmer mind
Greater ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
Feeling of well-being
Reduced levels of anxiety
Increased awareness of mind-body connection
It's important to note that there are some conditions where massage is not recommended.
For example, massage is contraindicated in people with:
Certain forms of cancer
Some cardiac problems
Some skin conditions
As studies continue to reveal the link between kinesiology and physical and emotional health, the effects of massage will be further documented. However, one need only to experience a good massage to know it's beneficial to body and soul.