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We've all heard it, said it, or thought it before, "I need a massage." Once considered to be just hedonistic pampering of the rich and famous, massage therapy is now finding enormous popularity among millions of Americans.

Massage therapy provides relief to people from all walks of life: the weekend athlete, the home gardener, the overstressed executive, secretaries, waitresses, laborers, virtually everyone feels the need for massage therapy sooner or later.

Research conducted in the United States, Europe, and Asia have documented that far beyond simply "feeling good," massage therapy has an impressive range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits.

 

MASSAGE REDUCES THE EFFECTS OF STRESS

Up to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related complaints such as headaches, backaches, neck pain, eyestrain, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, as well as, physical and emotional exhaustion.

Massage therapy has an amazing effect on your body's nervous system. When massage therapy activates your body's parasympathetic nervous system, it reverses your body's negative response to stress, causing your muscles to relax, your heart rate to slow, your blood pressure to lower and your circulation to increase.

Massage therapy also helps you become more aware of your body and tension you may not be aware of. As you become more aware of your body, you will begin to recognize tension as it builds during the day so that you can consciously release it before it can have a negative effect on your body.



MASSAGE RELAXES TENSE MUSCLES

Muscles can become tight and ineffective for many reasons. Stress, injury, poor circulation, overuse, and misuse, can all cause you pain and discomfort, as well as, restrict your normal range of motion. When left unattended, these conditions can become habitual and hamper the quality of your everyday life.

Massage therapy stretches and loosens tight muscles, and connective tissue, in turn, breaking down and preventing further formation of adhesions. It increases your range of motion and reduces the chance of injury..


MASSAGE INCREASES BLOOD CIRCULATION

When your muscles become tight, the muscle cells cannot hold much fluid nor can the vessels allow much fluid to pass through the muscles. This decreases the circulation of blood and increases the strain placed on your heart. Among the obvious problems that this can cause are muscle fatigue, swelling and the lowering of your energy levels.

Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes venous blood towards the heart, thus easing the strain on this vital organ. This increase in circulation brings essential nutrients and oxygen to your cells as well as carries away metabolic waste products that can make you feel sluggish and drained.

In addition, massage therapy increases your body's oxygen carrying red blood cell count helping to bring even more oxygen to your body's cells.


MASSAGE DECREASES CHRONIC PAIN

Far too many of us face our daily lives with chronic pain due to injuries or illness.

Not only does massage therapy help to correct the conditions that cause chronic pain, but it also acts in two ways to decrease the actual pain itself.

The first is by the trained touch of a massage therapist activating nerve receptor signals along myelinated nerve fibers to temporarily block chronic pain signals from reaching the brain. The second is by the stimulated release of endorphins (the body's natural painkiller) into the brain and nervous system to reduce your feelings of pain and discomfort without the use of unnatural drugs.


MASSAGE STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The lymphatic system is a major factor in your body's battle to ward off infection and heal injuries. The lymphatic flow is usually very sluggish in most people and especially so in those that have less active lifestyles.

Massage therapy not only improves the circulation of blood and its vital nutrients, but also increases the circulation of lymph in your lymphatic system thus helping your body to fight off infection and speeding your recovery from illness or injuries.

"If you have a massage every week, you will have 2/3 less illness"


MASSAGE CAN IMPROVE NERVE FUNCTION

Contracted muscles can press on or pinch your nerves causing tingling, numbness, or pain.

Massage therapy relaxes these contracted muscles to relieve the compression on your nerves. Sensory receptors in the skin and muscles wake up bringing new awareness to areas that have felt cut off by chronic tension patterns.


MASSAGE HELPS YOU TO SLEEP BETTER

Tension from everyday stress can disrupt your sleep causing physical and emotional exhaustion. This can deprive you of the precious energy needed just to face day-to-day life.

Massage therapy relaxes tense muscles and calms the nervous system, causing your body's rhythm to slow down. When this happens, your blood pressure lowers, your heart rate settles, and your breath becomes deeper and more rhythmic, priming you for a perfect night's sleep.


MASSAGE IMPROVES SKIN TONE

The sun, smog, poor diet, and the natural aging process all contribute to the drying, wrinkling, and general loss of the youthful characteristics of your skin.

Massage therapy dilates the blood capillaries of the skin increasing the uptake of vital skin repairing nutrients and speeding the removal of harmful toxins. This improved circulation helps to moisturize your skin improving skin texture while relieving dryness and itching.

Remember, this is the only body you get. Take great care of it.


PHYSICAL BENEFITS
MENTAL BENEFITS
EMOTIONAL BENEFITS
Physically relaxes the body Reduces mental stress Reduces anxiety
Calms the nervous system Promotes better sleep Enhances self-image
Lowers blood pressure Induces mental relaxation Provides a feeling of well being
Reduces heart rate Calms a bad temper

Promotes greater creative expression

Slows respiration

Improves concentration

Loosens tight muscles
Stretches connective tissues
Reduces chronic pain
Improves skin tone
Increases blood and lymph circulation
Speeds the removal of metabolic waste
Increases red blood cell counts
Relieves tired and aching muscles
Stimulates the release of endorphins
Improves muscle tone
Relieves cramps and muscle spasms
Increases flexibility and range of motion
Promotes deeper more effective breathing
Speeds recovery from injuries and illness
Strengthens the immune system
Reduces swelling
Reduces scarring
Improves posture
Reduces tension headaches
Increases tissue metabolism

Decreases muscular deterioration