Benefits of Massage
(Demonstrated by Studies at the University of Miami School of Medicine Touch Research Institute)
- Relaxes and lengthens muscles
- Alleviates pain
- Improves immune function
- Reduces stress
- Diminishes premenstrual symptoms
- Lowers blood pressure, anxiety, and hostility levels in people with high blood pressure
- Reduces the number of headache days for people who suffer migraines
- Reduces pain and increases range of motion for people who suffer low back pain
Massage is very beneficial for people who are involved in health and fitness programs. Massage after
a workout can facilitate recovery,
help to alleviate muscle soreness,
and improve range of motion. Many professional athletes, including bicyclists and golfers,
have massage therapists on their training teams to aid them in recovery after competition.
Most people find that an hour of relaxing therapeutic massage helps them decrease daily stress
and improves mood in terms of inspiration, joy, and enthusiasm.
Massage seems to increase the levels of dopamine and serotonin, two neuroendocrine
chemicals related to mood. Serotonin modulates the sleep/wake cycle, subdues irritability,
and regulates mood. Dopamine levels affect motor control, clusminess, inability
to focus attention, and boredom.
Massage increases the levels of the natural mood lifters/pain relievers
called enkephalins and endorphins. People just feel better, cope more easily,
and have more joy after a massage due to increased neuroendocrine activity.
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