Having a professional massage is one of the most relaxing experiences life has to offer. When you lay down on the massage table, knowing that you’re in the capable hands of a professional for the next 30, 60 or even 90 minutes, you know you’re going to experience relief from the cumulative aches and pains of daily life. For most people, it doesn’t take long before they sink into a state of deep relaxation as the therapist works to relieve tense muscles and restore healthy circulation.
In fact, massage therapy is often seen as a “treat” or “reward,” much like having an ice cream or going on a shopping spree at the mall. This is perfectly natural, and it only makes sense. Professional massage therapy can be an extremely pleasurable experience, full of relaxing physical sensations that bring on a deep mental calm.
But massage therapy has a much deeper purpose. Sure, it’s important to relax and enjoy the benefits of this timeless, professional treatment. But many people use massage therapy as a supplemental treatment for a variety of physical ailments and conditions.
Massage therapy can bring lasting relief from chronic symptoms, and can often be used in tandem with chiropractic care to treat conditions of the spine, nervous system, and musculoskeletal system.
What specifically can massage therapy do for people who need relief, whether they’re recovering from an accident or suffering symptoms of a chronic health condition?
1. Pain relief
The body is a complex, interconnected system of nerves, muscles, tissues and organs. Often times, chronic pains result from tension and blockages at various points throughout the body. Massage therapy (often with repeat sessions) and gradually restore the body to a more functional, relaxed, natural state—reducing or eliminating pesky chronic pains in the process.
2. Immune power
People often try to boost their immune systems with supplements or specific diet regimens, and these measures can certainly help. But massage therapy is often overlooked in the process. By increasing blood circulation and improving the flow of the body’s lymphatic fluids, massage can help keep illness at bay.
3. Flexibility and posture
A healthy body has good posture and good flexibility throughout the day. Massage has the ability to improve the body’s posture and restore natural flexibility by systematically and repeatedly addressing blockages and tensions—all in a natural, relaxing way.
Going beyond relaxation
Massage therapy will always have value as a way to deeply relax, relief stress, and remove tension from the body. As a part of normal health maintenance, massage therapy is valuable—particularly to athletes, people who work highly physical jobs, and people who work in offices full time (neck and back strain).
But it’s also important to keep massage therapy in mind as an effective supplement to medical treatment and overall wellness programs. Millions of people feel the benefits of professional therapeutic massage every day, and as the benefits become clearer to the medical community, this number is likely to increase.
We hope you’ve found this information useful!