List of Benefits of Massage

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of the benefits of massage, merely a taster of some of the benefits of massage therapy which may be experienced!

Physical benefits

  • Increase flexibility and range of motion
  • Improve circulation of blood and lymph, to increase flow of nutrients to cells (muscles, organs, connective tissue & skin), accelerating recovery from fatigue, injury or operation, relieving congestion and improving regeneration
  • Improve muscle tone
  • Relieve soreness, tension and stiffness
  • Relieve restlessness and insomnia, helping to develop a more restful sleep pattern
  • Relieve constipation (through abdominal massage)
  • Reduce pain and swelling, and prevents or delays muscular atrophy, resulting from inactivity caused by injury, age, surgery, or illness
  • Reduce symptoms of depression
  • Break down or prevent scar tissue and other inter-tissue adhesions (knots)
  • Decrease inflammation and restriction in connective tissue
  • Lower blood pressure, and can help reduce your heart rate
  • Stimulate the immune system to help increase resistance to attacks, and assist in speeding recovery from illness, and regulate our hormones
  • Stimulate the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller) to help decrease chronic pain
  • Promote deeper and easier breathing
  • Engage our nervous system to help switch from our ‘fight or flight’ state into a calmer state
    • I often use the analogy of a caveman
      • Fight or Flight = there is a Sabre Tooth Tiger outside my cave
      • Relaxed state = there is a Sabre Tooth Tiger in my belly

Psychological

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Reduce mental stress and promotes better sleep
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Induce mental relaxation
  • Improve energy levels
  • Improve concentration
  • Improve ability to monitor stress and respond appropriately
  • Foster peace of mind
  • Provide a relaxed state of mental alertness
  • Enhance capacity for calm thinking and creativity
  • Enables a person to make peace between their ambitions and limitations
  • Satisfies the natural need to be touched by a caring hand
  • Promotes better sleep

Emotional

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce sense of isolation
  • Generate confidence and feeling of well being
  • Enhances self-image and self-worth
  • Satisfies the need for caring and nourishing touch
  • Relaxation induces a feeling of physical, mental and emotional well being (reduction of excess stress)
  • Provide a soothing and comforting alternative to verbal therapeutic techniques, such as counseling
  • Increase awareness of the mind-body connection