HeartSong

Therapeutic Massage

Potential Benefits of Massage

 

  • May improve circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • May ease medication dependence
  • May release endorphinsamino acids that act as body's natural painkiller
  • May boost immune system by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system
  • May improve sleep
  • May improve concentration
  • May improve the condition of the body's largest organ--the skin
  • May exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • May improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin
  • May increase joint flexibility
  • May lessen depression and anxiety
  • May encourage overall well-being
  • May promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
  • May reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling
  • May relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • May relieve migraine pain
  • May alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion

 

ADDITIONAL POTENTIAL BENEFITS FOR:

 

  • Arthritis sufferers--may lessen aches, stiffness and pain
  • High blood pressure patients--may help lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones

  • People living with Alzheimer’s--may help to reduce anxiety, pacing, irritability, restlessness, and feelings of isolation and worthlessness

  • Stroke patients-- may help to lessen anxiety and lower blood pressure

  • Oncology patients --may help to support immune functioning, ease pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, and depression

 

"Skin-on-skin touch is particularly soothing because it primes oxytocin . . . When oxytocin releases, the body undergoes a host of healthy changes. Blood pressure lowers as we slide into the relaxed mode of parasympathetic activity. That shifts metabolism from the ready-to-run large muscle boost of stress arousal to a restorative mode where energy goes into storing nutrients, growth, and healing . . . Our pain threshold rises, so that we are less sensitive to discomforts. Even wounds heal faster." ( Daniel Goldman, Social Intelligence, p. 243)

 

 

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