The most common response we hear when our clients are checking out is: "How often should I schedule my massage sessions?" Of course, there is no set answer, but studies indicate that massage at regular intervals is most beneficial to your overall health. A weekly massage may seem an indulgence, but new research suggests it can have major health benefits.
Massage improves blood circulation and lymph fluid movement. It decreases blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. People who receive regular massages have greater joint flexibility and range of motion. Massage enhances athletic performance, promotes deeper and easier breathing, enhances the health and nourishment of the skin, and improves posture.
While the physical benefits of therapeutic massage are great, perhaps the most notable effects of therapeutic massage are its emotional benefits. Many of the ailments found among persons in today's society are stress-related. Massage has been found to be extremely effective in stress and anxiety reduction, and it has also been proven to reduce the symptoms and feelings of depression.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), therapeutic massage has been found to foster peace of mind, promote a relaxed state of mental alertness, help relieve mental stress, improve ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, reduce levels of anxiety, and increase awareness of mind-body connection.
Research studies have found that workers who receive regular massages perform better at their job tasks than those who did not receive regular massages. Additionally, office workers who were regularly massaged were more alert and less stressed than those who weren't regularly massaged.
Athletes frequently receive massage to alleviate muscle pain. Massage has been proven to reduce pain and swelling caused by strained muscles and ligaments. Additionally, it helps to relieve tension-related headaches and headaches related to eye strain.
Therapeutic massage can stimulate weak and inactive muscles resulting in a faster, more complete recovery from illness or injury in which inactivity causes muscle deterioration.
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