Importance of Massage Therapy

Massage is a great investment for your wellbeing. The daily demands, both mentally and physically, on your body can compromise overall health. Massage therapy assists to help you achieve optimum wellness by increasing circulation and flexibility, reducing pain, and decreasing stress.
Sports Therapy

While exercising, your body struggles to obtain enough oxygen and nutrients, which causes waste to build up in the muscles. Massage therapy can speed muscle recovery rates as it eliminates irritation from waste. Massage has been shown to increase endurance, reduce fatigue, and improve energy levels. Massage aids in recovery time which allows for longer, more effective workouts. Ultimately, this leads to better performance with fewer injuries.

Injury Recovery

Massage assists in recovery from soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, and tendonitis. Tissue growth and repair is advanced by efficient circulation and appropriate stimulation. By encouraging circulatory movement and relaxing muscles, massage helps the body to increase oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the rehabilitating injured area to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.

Stress Management

Hormones released by stress shrink the blood vessels, inhibiting the body’s circulation. A tense body and mind causes the heart to work harder; breathing then becomes rapid and shallow and digestion slows. Studies prove stress in the body can cause migraines, hypertension (high blood pressure) and can lead to depression. Massage therapy helps to counteract the effects of stress by calming the nervous system; improving circulation and increasing the level of oxygen in the blood. This stimulates the body’s lymphatic system to decrease muscle toxins, enhance flexibility and ease tension.

The benefits of massage therapy are endless. Consider massage as a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan. A certified massage therapist can help you establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs and lifestyle.

by Johanne Hachez, SMT(cc), RMT

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