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Massage, by Eva Thomas, RN, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist
Many people think that a massage treatment is simply a frivolous luxury, something just too self-indulgent. Actually, massage has many important health benefits. In my 23 years as a nurse and massage therapist, I’ve seen first hand the amazing benefits, both physical and emotional. In sometimes just a single session, I’ve helped clients eliminate migraines and chronic back pain, and have even helped asthmatic and emphysema (C.O.P.D.) patients breathe more easily. I’ve seen countless clients hobble in grimacing in pain, and walk out with a bounce in their step, and a smile lighting their face. There is no greater reward.
Although a single massage is enjoyable and helpful, the effects of massage are cumulative and a course of massage treatments will bring the most benefits. Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism, helping to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and resulting structural weaknesses.
The Health Benefits of Massage
- Massage calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of relaxation and
- Massage reduces tension and anxiety.
- Massage improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients
to the cells.
- Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste
products, and enhances immunity.
- Massage prevents and relieves muscles cramps and spasms, and increases range
of motion which can all ward off injury.
- Massage therapy can also help with pain management in conditions such as
arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms, sprains and strains, fibromyalgia and more.
- Massage promotes tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
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