We all know that massage feels good and is a great way to relax, but massage goes way beyond that. Take a look below for just a few of these benefits, as well as some fun facts.
“Massage is to the human body what a tune-up is to a car”
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue.
- Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
- Alleviate low-back pain.
- Improve range of motion and joint flexibility
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relieve migraine pain.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow – the body’s natural defense system.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers.
- and MANY more!
Fun Facts About Massage
- A one hour massage equates to 7-8 hours of sleep on the body
- There are approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin – 3,000 in a finger tip
- Muscles are made up of bundles from about 5 in the eyelid to about 200 in the buttock muscles
- Touch is the first sense to develop in humans, and may be the last to fade
- Massage therapy is the third most commonly used form of alternative medicine in the US
- Experts estimate that stress is responsible for 80-90% of disease
- Office workers massaged regularly are more alert, perform better and are less stressed than those who aren’t massaged