Benefits of Massage
At the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Touch Research Institute (TRI), over 70 studies on touch — the majority on massage therapy — have been published or are under way. Recent and ongoing research at some of the nation’s hospitals, such as Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, is expanding knowledge of the benefits of massage for a variety of injuries and ailments.
Increases your body self awareness and sensitivity.
Reduces your stress, tension and anxiety levels.
Calms the nervous system and has a centring/balancing effect.
Helps to fulfil your need for a caring and nurturing touch.
Relaxes, focuses and clears your mind.
Helps to improve and maintain your posture.
Incourages self-esteem and a general feeling of well-being.
Helps your muscles recover more quickly from exertion and fatigue.
Relaxes your muscles, effectively reducing spasms, tension and cramping.
Reduces and breaks down adhesions (knots) and fibrosis.
Stretches your connective tissue.
Helps to re-establish your proper muscular tone.
Reduces your muscle and soft tissue pain.
Supports increased work capacity and encourages your metabolism.
Helps to prevent muscular atrophy (wasting from injury and paralysis).
Helps increase your range of joint movement.
Reduces joint strain by releasing tight muscles and tendons.
Increases the ease and efficiency of your movements.
Can reduce pain from irritated nerves that control the circulatory system.
Enhances the elimination of the waste products of your metabolism.
Helps to reduce any swelling and contusions.
Increases the number of red blood cells in your circulation.
Has the overall effect of lowering blood pressure and reducing pulse rate.
Facilitates tissue healing through the enhancement of circulation.
Increases both your venous and lymphatic flow that can reduce swelling.
Stimulates the touch, pressure and proprioceptive receptors of tissue.
Helps to balance the autonomic nervous system.
Helps to re-establish proper tonus via effect on neuromuscular reflex path.
Affect the neurotransmitters of the brain and increase endorphins.
Help reduce nerve entrapment via release of soft tissue or muscular binding.
Can reduce nerve root compression caused by muscular tension.
Increases the excretion fluids and waste products of protein metabolism.
Can facilitate elimination through the large intestines.
Stimulates peristalsis and can reduce cramping/spasm in digestive tract.
Release of tension in the breathing structures and muscles of respiration.
Help to relieve congestion through percussive and compressive movements.
Stimulates blood flow to and from the lungs, helping absorption of oxygen.
Increases circulation to your skin and improve its nutrition.
Massage oils and lotion can help to re-moisturize and soften dry skin.