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Benefits of Massage

Research has verified that office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren't massaged; that massage therapy decreased the effects of anxiety, tension, depression, pain, and itching in burn patients; that abdominal surgery patients recovered more quickly after massage; that premature infants who were massaged gained more weight and fared better than those who weren't and that autistic children showed less erratic behavior after massage therapy.

"Oftentimes people are stressed in our culture. Stress-related disorders make up between 80-and-90 percent of the ailments that bring people to family-practice physicians. What they require is someone to listen, someone to touch them, someone to care. That does not exist in modern medicine.

One of the complaints heard frequently is that physicians don't touch their patients any more. Touch just isn't there. Years ago massage was a big part of nursing. There was so much care, so much touch, so much goodness conveyed through massage. Now nurses for the most part are as busy as physicians. They're writing charts, dealing with insurance notes, they're doing procedures and often there is no room for massage any more. I believe massage therapy is absolutely key in the healing process not only in the hospital environment but because it relieves stress, it is obviously foundational in the healing process anytime and anywhere." by Joan Borysenko - Massage Journal Interview, Fall 1999

   Physical Benefits of Massage                            Mental Benefits of Massage

Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation Fosters peace of mind            
Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness Promotes mental alertness
Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy Helps relieve mental stress
Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and
sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue             
Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
Reduces muscle spasms Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion  
Enhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or work  
Promotes deeper and easier breathing  
Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids  
Reduces blood pressure  
Helps relieve tension-related headaches and  effects of eye-strain     Emotional Benefits
Enhances the health and nourishment of skin Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
Improves posture Fosters a feeling of well-being
Strengthens the immune system Reduces levels of anxiety
Treats musculoskeletal problems Creates body awareness
Rehabilitation post operative Increases awareness of mind-body connection
Rehabilitation after injury  
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