Massage is the manipulation of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function of those tissues, improving relaxation and well-being.
There are many benefits that can be obtained through massage therapy. Relaxation, stress and pain relief are just some of them, but there are also many added benefits that can be achieved through massage therapy that you might not even be aware of.
This can include better physical and mental health, as well as anxiety relief. Sometimes just talking to a caring massage therapist can take a load off your mind. Much study has been done on a variety of massage therapy techniques and their effects on patients, and the results have been so very promising.
The benefits of massage therapy proven through research-based studies showed that people who get a massage before an exam or other potentially stressful situation had a significant reduction in anxiety and respiratory rates, as well as an surprising increase in white blood cells.
Another study showed that office workers who get a regular massage are more alert, perform more efficiently and are less stressed than those who aren’t massaged on a regular basis.
It has also been shown that seniors and elderly nursing home residents ane likely to be less agitated after massage.
Another study showed that heart surgery patients showed a significant decrease in anxiety and stress after receiving a massage, suggesting that their post operation health could be better since stress and anxiety are directly related to heart conditions.
It’s healing power is attained from the fulfillment of a basic human need for human contact. As siblings, physical contact with family was in the form of holding, stroking, cuddling and touching. Touching is essential for our emotional and physical well being that the lack of it or its withdrawal can lead to serious disturbances such as depression and lack of self-esteem in children.
Touch is the magical ingredient in massage that does not exist in modern medicine.
Not too many doctors touch their patients much any more. Touch just isn’t there. Years ago massage was a big part of nursing. There was so much touch, and so much care communicated through touch and massage. Now nurses are as busy as doctors writing charts, dealing with insurance notes… they’re busy with procedures and sadly, there is no room for massage in their duties, at least not in the Queensland Health system.
Massage is also becoming increasingly popular. Many people are having massage on a regular basis, and discovering they have less stress and anxiety, and better general health. With any massage however, it’s advisable to wear comfortable underwear that’s not too tight as the flow of Lymhatic Fluid can be impeded.
If you haven’t tried massage therapy make a call today. Make an appointment and experience the many benefits that massage has to offer.