8 Unexpected Health Benefits of Massage

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Here at the Vital Energy Center in Seattle WA, we boast an exceptional staff of massage practitioners. Our three therapists Loryn, Tamin and Stephen have unique bodywork backgrounds, yet all strive to help practice members achieve wellness and vitality through catering their approach to clients’ current needs and unique bodies. Although massage is known to ease aches and pains, the health benefits of bodywork may be much more widespread. Read on for 8 surprising health boosts associated with massage.

1. Helps to Manage Anxiety and Depression:

Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which lowers blood pressure, and often improves mood. It may also heighten serotonin and dopamine levels – neurotransmitters which are less active in folks with depression.

2. Relaxes Muscles:

Bodywork helps muscle fibers to relax, which can often get to the root cause of many types of chronic pain. Massage also helps to relieve tension from daily activities like neck and shoulder soreness from computer work, or tight hamstring/quads from running or walking.

3. Improves Sleep:

Many of us have dozed off on massage tables, so the association between massage and improved sleep takes little convincing. Some studies indicate this is due to massage’s effect on delta waves – brain waves that are connected to deep sleep.

4. Raises Awareness:

In Touch Research Institute’s 1996 study, adults who were given a 15-minute chair massage were more alert, and completed a series of math questions more quickly and accurately than those who hadn’t received a massage.

5. Alleviates Headaches:

A 1998 Study in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that 2 thirty minute massages per week for 5 weeks decreased migraine frequency, improved sleep, and elevated mood.  A

6. Improves Range of Motion/Flexibility:

Flexibility and range of motion often become restricted with injuries or strains, and as we age. Through working soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments), massage therapists can increase joint mobility and restore a greater range of motion.

7. Lowers Blood Pressure:

Studies  show that massage can reduce hypertension. The benefits of lower blood pressure include decreased risk of cardiac events, and lowered levels of perceived stress and anxiety.

8.Brightens Complexion:

Massage increases blood flow, plumping up skin and encouraging lymphatic drainage, the system by which toxins are moved out and away from cells, so fresh nutrients can travel in. This increase in lymph circulation can brighten up a dull complexion and lackluster hair.

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  1. Klein, Sarah. “Massage Benefits: 9 Healthy Reasons To Make An Appointment Today.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com. Web. 15 May 2015.
  2. Hernandez-Reif, M., Dieter J., Field, T., Swerdlow, B., & Diego, M. (1998). Migraine headaches are reduced by massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 96, 1-11.

 

 

 

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