Will Massage Therapy Be Your New “Happy Juice”?
You probably know that massage health benefits include reduced pain and muscle soreness. But did you know that massage therapy can also help you feel happier and more content? Even more loving?
That’s right! Massage therapy increases the amount of oxytocin in your body. Oxytocin is known as the hormone of love and bonding. It influences relationships and bonding between mother, father and child.
Massage health benefits are holistic. That means you can expect massage therapy to impact not just your body, but also your emotional state and mental clarity.
Researchers around the world confirm that massage is powerful medicine! The Touch Research Institute (TRI), at the University of Miami School of Medicine, specializes in research on how touch therapy promotes physical and psychological health and well-being. Their team of researchers represent universities such as Harvard, Duke and Maryland.
Massage Health Benefits: Improved Mood and Sense of Well-Being
Human touch is crucial to our health and well-being throughout out lives. We live in a touch deprived culture and people living alone, especially seniors are particularly vulnerable.
Massage benefits your mood and sense of well-being in a number of ways.
- Raises levels of oxytocin, “the hormone of love and bonding”
- Promotes relaxation and better sleep
- Increases mental alertness
- Increases energy and improves your mood
- Reduces or alleviates depression and anxiety
- Decreases anger and aggression
- Encourages emotional release of trauma held in body
Massage Health Benefits: Pregnancy, Child Birth & Infant Massage
Regular pregnancy massage eases the discomforts of pregnancy and may shorten and ease labor. Postpartum massage can help with emotions as your hormones regulate and your body returns to normal. It can also encourage healthy bonding between mother, father and baby. Remember how massage increases your oxytocin level?
Here are some benefits of infant massage.
Studies by TRI and others show that infants that are massaged regularly gain weight faster, sleep better, are more attentive, learn more quickly and relate better to their parents.
Conversely, children that were deprived of touch had impaired development and were significantly more violent as adults.
Now you know why massage therapy should start when you are an infant. Here are some reasons you should continue to receive regular massage throughout your life.
Massage Health Benefits: Reduced Pain and Decreases Reliance on Pain Medication
Studies have shown that massage can reduce chronic pain in your neck and lower back. It can also be an effective headache treatment for migraine and tension headaches. Pain from conditions, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, is also improved by massage.
Less pain means you have less dependence on pain medication.
Massage Benefits: Shorten Your Recovery Time From Surgery and Injuries
Did you know that massage therapy can shorten your recovery time from surgery and injuries? It is also used in the treatment of many conditions such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel.
Massage can also improve the appearance of scars from surgery or from an injury, particularly when they are thick and corded.
Receive the Benefits of Massage Therapy Throughout Your Life
Here are more great benefits of massage therapy you can expect to receive:
- Enhanced immune function
- Reduced stress hormones and greater relaxation
- Lowered blood pressure
- Increased joint flexibility and range of motion
- Decreased muscle tension and cramping
- Improved posture, alignment and muscle balance
- Optimized athletic performance and enhanced recovery from training and athletic events
- Improved quality of life for hospice and cancer patients
- Decreased nausea from chemotherapy
- Improved health conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome
The benefits of massage therapy increase when you make it a regular part of your health maintenance program. This quote from the Mayo Clinic sums it up:
“Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.” – Mayo Clinic website
Massage is a wonderful way to promote abundant health, happiness and well-being throughout your life from Infancy Massage to Senior Massage.
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