Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Benefits of Massage

We all appreciate how a massage makes us feel. It relaxes us. It takes away our aches and pains. What many people don't know is how important getting a massage regularly is for health maintenance.

For the average healthy person:
Massage has a regulatory effect on the body. It can help a hyperactive child (or adult) calm down and be able to focus. Massage releases endorphins and helps allay stress, depression, and anxiety. It enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow.

For the expectant mother:
It is crucial for the health of mother and baby for the mother to take good care of herself during pregnancy and after giving birth. This includes getting massages regularly. This will help with lymph drainage, reducing the discomfort associated with water retention. Massage will also alleviate the typical aches and pains, reduce stress, and encourage shorter, easier labor.

For the athlete:
Regular massage help your muscles recover faster from exercising and working out. It increases muscle and joint flexibility. Massage also softens injured, tired, and overused muscles.

For those with chronic pain:
Massage increase circulation, improves range of motion, and alleviates pain. It can help balance weak, tight, or atrophied muscles. Regular massage can ease medication dependence.

Regular massage is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle, just like adequate exercise and a proper diet. It will help reduce a buildup of stress, tension, and congestion that can lead to more serious health problems in the future.