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Massage is not a luxury. It is a neccessity

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The only luxurious thing about massage for today's busy person may be the ability to switch off and lie down for an hour!



Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits. A soothing massage can help you unwind, but that's not all. Explore the possible benefits of massage and what to expect. By Mayo Clinic staff



How does massage work?
For centuries, human touch has been shown to be emotionally and physically healing. Particular massage techniques may either stimulate or calm the body's muscles and tissues to create a desired effect. When a practitioner massages soft tissue, electrical signals are transmitted both to the local area and throughout the body. These signals, in combination with the healing properties of touch, help heal damaged muscle, stimulate circulation, clear waste products via the lymphatic system, boost the activity of the immune system, reduce pain and tension, and induce a calming effect. Massage may also enhance well being by stimulating the release of endorphins (natural painkillers and mood elevators) and reducing levels of certain stress hormones.

What is massage good for?
In general, massage is believed to support healing, boost energy, reduce recovery time after an injury, ease pain, and enhance relaxation, mood, and well being. It is useful for many musculoskeletal problems, such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and sprains and strains. Massage may also relieve depression in people with chronic fatigue syndrome, ease chronic constipation (when the technique is performed in the abdominal area), decrease swelling, alleviate sleep disorders, and improve self image. In the workplace, massage has been shown to melt away stress and enhance mental alertness.

One study found that deep tissue massage reduced blood pressure levels (an average reduction of 10.4 mm Hg in systolic pressure and a diastolic pressure reduction of 5.3 mm Hg).

Other studies show that massage may have immediate beneficial effects on pain and mood among patients with advanced cancer.

Clinical studies show that massage relieves chronic back pain more effectively than other treatments (including acupuncture and conventional medical care for this condition with education via books and videos) and, in many cases, costs less than other treatments. Mothers and newborns also appear to benefit from massage. Mothers trained to massage their infants often feel less depressed and have a better emotional bond with their babies. Newborns who receive massage from their mothers also tend to cry less, and are more active, alert, and sociable. Premature babies who receive massage therapy have been shown to gain weight faster than preemies who do not receive this type of therapy. Infants who receive massage regularly may also sleep better, be less gassy or colicky, and have better body awareness as well as more regular digestion.Clinical studies also show that massage may be an effective treatment for young children and adolescents with a wide range of health problems, including:

  • Autism: Autistic children, who usually don't like being touched, show less autistic behavior and are more social and attentive after receiving massage therapy from their parents.
  • Atopic dermatitis/eczema: Children with this scaly, itchy skin problem seem to experience less redness, scaling, and other symptoms if receiving massage between flares. Massage should not be used when this skin condition is actively inflamed.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Massage may improve mood in children with ADHD and help them feel less fidgety and hyperactive.
  • Bulimia: Studies show that adolescents with this eating disorder feel less depressed and anxious after receiving massage therapy.
  • Cystic fibrosis: Massage may reduce anxiety and improve respiration in children with this lung condition.
  • Diabetes: Massage may help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce anxiety and depression in children with diabetes.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) have been shown to experience less pain, morning stiffness, and anxiety as a result of massage therapy.

Are there any risks associated with massage?In general, massage is considered relatively safe. Pain or other rare negative side effects are generally caused by an extremely vigorous massage technique.Women should be very cautious about receiving massages during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, be sure to find a therapist specifically trained to perform massages on pregnant women.Even though massage is a useful technique to help regulate blood sugar over time, if you have diabetes you should check your blood sugar after receiving a massage because it may be too low. Plus, if you have diabetes and you are receiving massage on a regular basis, you should check your blood sugar frequently to evaluate changes over time.Should anyone avoid massage?People with these conditions should avoid massage:
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Infection of the superficial veins (called phlebitis) or soft tissue (called cellulitis) in the legs or elsewhere
  • Blood clots in the legs
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Contagious skin conditions
If you have cancer, check with your doctor before considering massage because massage can damage tissue that is fragile from chemotherapy or radiation treatments. People with rheumatoid arthritis, goiter (a thyroid disorder characterized by an enlarged thyroid), eczema, and other skin lesions should not receive massage therapy during flare ups. Experts also advise that people with osteoporosis, high fever, few platelets or white blood cells, and mental impairment, as well as those recovering from surgery, should avoid massage. Check with your doctor.Tell your massage therapist about any medications you are taking, as massage may influence absorption or activity of both oral and topical medications.









Back in the day, cave men counted on human touch to rub bumps, relieve pain and massage aching muscles to get back out there to hunt down dinner.
Somewhere along the line, massage got thrown into the luxury category of pedicures and spa treatments.
Athletes are changing the way society perceives massage, and every day active people are jumping on the benefits to get the most out of their workouts and to push their physical limits. Aching muscles are rejuvenated and overused muscles are softened. Massage recharges your body batteries and accelerates muscle recovery; allowing you to get back to working out sooner.There are important physiological and psychological changes that occur within your body during a massage, with benefits extending far beyond simply relaxing your body and mind. The most sought after athletic benefit is the reduced recovery time from workouts, through reducing muscle pain, relaxing and softening overused or injured muscles.

Spasms and cramping is reduced, and joints become more flexible. Endorphins are released (the body's natural painkiller) leaving you with that natural high, and circulation will be improved which in turn, allows the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into your tissues and vital organs.This allows your body to naturally repair itself sooner, with this improved blood flow even improving skin's appearance!People find that through massage their range of motion improves. When there is an injury to an area and the muscle atrophies, massage can bring blood flow back to the area providing it with more nutrients to heal.Muscles are stretched and become longer, migraines are minimized, and the body's natural defense system becomes stronger; fighting off flu bugs and toxic invaders to a higher level. With these benefits, you will reduce your need for medication and stay fitter longer.

The only luxurious thing about massage for today's busy person may be the ability to switch off and lie down for an hour!


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Kay Mcdonnell on 15 November 2013 11:26
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