Massage therapy produces benefits far beyond feeling great during and immediately after a session. While this is certainly an excellent reason for massage, its real strength is in preventing illness and conditions before they develop.
The greatest change produced by massage therapy is the stimulation of the nervous system, which produces many benefits. Massage helps balance the autonomic nervous system and positively affects the brain, increasing endorphin secretion (natural pain killers), decreasing pain, and reducing stress. Massage is also known to reduce anxiety and depression and can even help in treating restlessness and insomnia.
Many different conditions respond positively to massage therapy, including arthritis, back, and neck pain, TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, headaches, circulatory problems, repetitive strain injuries, sports injuries, motor vehicle accident injuries, and many more. Massage relaxes the muscle, stimulates the skin, improves heart function and blood flow, and enhances breathing.
Profound relaxation occurs when the firing of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response) is reduced. This improves oxygen flow to the entire body, balances hormonal levels, regulates sleep patterns, and provides essential downtime that restores balance to your body and your life.