Looking for a way to improve your health and wellness? Look no further than massage. A study conducted by researchers at Emory University found that a single session of Swedish massage created immune system responses that were measurably improved. The researchers, led by Mark Hyman Rapaport, expanded on the initial study to look at how repeated massage might benefit people. They found that the biological effects on study participants lasted for several days or even up to a week.
According to an American Massage Therapy Association study, about 38 million adult Americans had a massage at least once between July 2010 and July 2011. People’s attitudes toward massage are shifting as well. No longer is massage viewed only as a means of pampering, in fact, more than 40% look to massage for its medical benefits.
Not only does regular massage reduce stress and encourage relaxation, but also it offers a host of other health benefits, including helping your body recover from surgery or an injury.
• Improved Circulation—Regular massage enhances your blood flow, decreases your blood pressure and improves your overall body function.
• Improved Flexibility—Massage therapy, coupled with stretching, stimulates the body’s natural lubricants to aid in flexibility. It can also improve your athletic performance and prevent future injuries.
• Improved Breathing—Making massage part of your routine can have a positive impact on a number of respiratory issues, as well as simply allow you to breathe more deeply and easily.
• Improved Immune Function—Stress can literally make you sick, or at least weaken your immune system. A schedule of regular massages can help with relaxation and improve the overall functioning of your immune system.
• Improved Headache Treatment—Studies have shown that adults who suffer from migraines have a decreased incidence of headaches with massage therapy. It also provides benefit by improving sleep disturbances and trigger points that can cause a migraine.
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