Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs. Monthly or quarterly for maintenance depending on lifestyle. Weekly, bi-weekly, or every other week for recovery, or undoing a lifetime of lack in self-care, injuries, etc.
Massage therapy addresses a wide variety of health conditions, and offers a holistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Massage can have many physical and mental benefits, including the following:
- Alleviate pain and improve range of motion.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Improve body confidence, self acceptance, and self love.
- Natural release and resolution of old emotions.
- Experience of peace, wholeness, and joy of being alive.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Nourish the largest organ in the body – the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility and support healthy aging.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Increase Presence, Mindfulness, Awareness, and embodiment (body awareness and presence).
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling to speed healing.
- Alleviate spasms and cramping.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Enhanced sleep quality, increase energy, and reduced fatigue.
- Ease medication dependency.
- Avoid the need of surgeries.