Sarah M. McDonald #15272
Massage, Bodywork, and Therapeutic Services

Benefits of Massage

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into the following benefits:













The Muscular System

  • Relieves soreness, tension, and stiffness
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion of joints
  • Improves the flow of nutrients to muscles and joints, accelerating recovery from fatigue and injury
  • Reduces scar tissue
  • Breaks down or prevent adhesions
  • Speeds recovery from exercise
  • Enhances freedom of movement
  • Prevents or delays muscular atrophy, resulting from inactivity caused by injury, age, surgery, or illness
  • Increases physical confidence
  • Relieves cramps and muscle spasms
  • Reduces pain and swelling


The Skeletal System

  • Improves posture/body alignment
  • Relieve stiff joints
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Restores range of motion (increasing joint movement)
  • Releases joint strain (releasing tight muscles and tendons)
  • Releases restrictions in the fascia (connective tissue)
  • Improves the circulation and nutrients of your joints

The Integumentary

  • Improves skin tone by removing dead cells and improving circulation
  • Regenerates tissue, including burns, wounds, and wrinkles
  • Helps to normalize glandular functions
  • Improve elasticity of skin
  • Stimulate blood flow to nourish the skin

The Circulatory System

  • Increase blood flow (to tissues and organs), which can relieve muscular and joint pain
  • Increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients (to cells and tissues), improving and relieving congestion throughout the body
  • Increases the number of red blood cells
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Elimination of metabolic waste

The Lymphatic System

  • Cleanse the body of waste and toxic debris
  • Increases the circulation of lymph
  • Reduces edema of the extremities
  • Removal of lactic acid from the fatigued and sore muscles
  • Reduce edema and lymphedema
  • Promote increase in lymphocyte levels
  • Promote immune system health and function

The Respiratory System

  • Develops respiratory muscles
  • Regulates respiration
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing

The Nervous System

  • Stimulates Nervous System= boosting energy
  • Calms the Nervous System= relaxing
  • Relieves restlessness and insomnia
  • Relieves pain due to pinched nerves
  • Decreases chronic pain
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins (the body's natural painkiller)

The Endocrine System

  • Helps the body to restore and heal itself
  • Develops s restful sleep pattern
  • Promotes appropriate levels of hormones (bringing the immune system back into balance)

The Urinary System

  • Elimination of metabolic waste
  • Cleanses the body of waste and toxic debris
  • Increases kidney action to remove waste of protein metabolism

The Reproductive System

  • Reduces depression and anxiety associated with PMS
  • Reduces excess fluid retention
  • Helps prepares for the birthing process

The Digestive System

  • Relieve constipation
  • Reduce gas, cramping, and bloating
  • Assist with the symptoms for IBS (not during an acute flare-up)
  • Assist with post surgery air that was used to inflate the abdomen

The Excretory System

  • Helps to stimulate peristalsis
  • Promote activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, stimulating digestion
  • Stimulate activity of internal organs due to improved circulation
  • Reduce nausea
  • Increases excretion of fluids (kidneys)

Massage is no longer exclusive to spas and resorts. Today, massage if offered as a stand alone service or paired with a wide range of medical treatments. As you've read above, there are many health benefits to massage. There are also many psychological and emotional benefits to massage as well. 

Psychological Benefits

  • Reduces mental stress and promotes better sleep
  • Induces mental relaxation
  • Fosters peace of mind
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Improves energy levels
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Provides a relaxed state of mental alertness
  • Improves concentration
  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
  • Improves ability to monitor stress and respond appropriately
  • Enables a person to make peace between their ambitions and limitations
  • Satisfies the natural need too be touched by a caring hand
  • Promotes better sleep

Emotional Benefits

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Generates 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 stress)
  • Provides a soothing and comforting alternative to verbal therapeutic techniques, such as counseling
  • Reduces sense of isolation
  • Increase a awareness of the mind-body connection









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