One of the most frequently asked questions I get from my clients is, "what does massage really do for you"? Well, let's first start by defining what massage is:
"Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well-being."
Like many other therapies there are infinite benefits to massage therapy. Here are just some of the many benefits:
- Increased circulation
- Decreased blood pressure
- Reduced stress
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved flexibility
- Ease in anxiety and depression
- Increased range of motion
- Ease in pain
- Boosted immunity
- Decreased the chance of injuries in athletes
- Relief of tension headaches and migraines
- Improved posture
Even if you don't see your chief complaint among this list, you can still likely benefit from incorporating a therapeutic massage into your healthy lifestyle. The more regularly you integrate massage therapy into your life, the more you will achieve the many benefits it has to offer. I recommend scheduling a therapeutic massage every 3 to 4 weeks to achieve maximum benefits.