Physical benefits of massage

Three physical effects of therapeutic massage are well documented in scientific research: release of muscle tension, increased circulation, and initiation of the relaxation response.

Each effect, though simple in itself, can result in multiple benefits.

Releasing muscle tension can:

  • Improve balance, coordination and mobility
  • Result in more restful sleep
  • Lessen the need for pain or sleeping medication

Increasing circulation can:

  • Improve nutrition to tissues and remove waste products
  • Reduce swelling caused by fluid retention
  • Improve skin tone and relieve dryness and itching
  • Help prevent pressure sores
  • Speed healing from injuries and surgery
  • Increase energy

Eliciting the relaxation response can:

  • Ease and deepen breathing
  • Improve appetite and digestion
  • Help relieve constipation
  • Assist with any condition where stress may be a factor such as headaches or asthma
  • Help one recognize and release tension on one's own before it becomes a problem

In addition, current research is showing that regular massage therapy can boost the immune system and positively influence the course of many minor diseases.