Many people get a massage to relax and reduce the stress caused by daily life—but massages are great for more than just relaxation. They also help with relieving the symptoms of many medical and lifestyle issues. Here are just a few of the ways massage can help you and improve your health:

  • Relaxation & stress relief. Stress can cause everything from the common cold to weight gain, & even heart disease. Massage can help!
  • Improvement of blood circulation. When this improves, your cells are nourished & your muscles can relax
  • Relief for tight muscles caused by sitting too much & not moving around during the day
  • Relief of nerve compressions caused by tight muscles
  • Increased flexibility & range of motion
  • Softening of scar tissues
  • Faster healing of muscle tears
  • Helps you to fall asleep & stay asleep

Massage therapy helps people with a variety of physical problems. By relieving muscle tension, nerve compressions, and increasing joint space people generally report reduced pain and increased range of motion.

Additionally, massage increases circulation throughout your system! Your entire body needs oxygen and nutrients but it's important that oxygen can get to your muscles. If not, you might start to experience some muscle pain tightness and cramps. The circulatory effects of getting a massage may also even help inflammation problems, such as arthritis or edema.

Massage is a wonderfully relaxing experience. While providing relaxation, it can also lower the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. Not only that, it boosts the immune system, and decreases the physical and mental toll of ongoing stress.

It is important that you know what type of massage you should get for a health issue. Be sure to tell your therapist about your health goals to get the best type of massage and a treatment plan specific to your needs!