The Benefits of Frequent Massage & Bodywork

A Powerful Ally

There’s no denying the power of bodywork. 
Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it 
(pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the 
reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress 
relief, pain management), massage therapy can be 
a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
The incredible benefits of massage are doubly 
powerful if taken in regular “doses.” Professionals 
at the Touch Research Institute at the University 
of Miami explain the more massage you get, the 
greater benefits you reap. Here’s why:
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety 
percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps 
nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, 
than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and 
pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may
be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help 
manage stress. This translates into:

• Decreased anxiety.
• Enhanced sleep quality.
• Greater energy.
• Improved concentration.
• Increased circulation.
• Reduced fatigue.

Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits. Profound Effects In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the
body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
• Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
• Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
• Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
• High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety,      and stress hormones.
• Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
• Preterm infants have improved weight gain. 

Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and
neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat postsurgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits 
Here’s the beauty of bodywork: its benefits are compounded when massage is utilized as a frequent therapy. The more you get, the more it does.

Taking part in this form of regularly-scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat
doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

Help Yourself to Health

What exactly are the benefits of receiving 
massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for 
all of the conditions listed below and more, 
massage can:

• Alleviate low-back pain and improve
   range of motion.
• Assist with shorter, easier labor for e
xpectant mothers and        shorten 
maternity hospital stays.
• Ease medication dependence.
• Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph 
flow—the body’s          natural defense system.
• Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or 
atrophied muscles.
• Help athletes of any level prepare for, and 
recover from,            strenuous workouts.
• Improve the condition of the body’s largest 
organ—the skin.
• Increase joint flexibility.
• Lessen depression and anxiety.
• Promote tissue regeneration, reducing 
scar tissue and stretch    marks.
• Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues 
and vital organs,          improving circulation.
• Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
• Reduce spasms and cramping.
• Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused 
• Release endorphins—amino acids that 
work as the body’s          natural painkiller.
• Relieve migraine pain.

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