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Health Benefits of Massage
We require regular human contact and touch to stay healthy and maintain proper immune function.
Extensive clinical research including many scientific studies have shown the benefits of receiving regular massage. In our culture today human contact is often discouraged and seen as inappropriate; we need to educate one other about the benefits of appropriate, healthy touch.
Research shows that recipients of massage have an increase in lymphocytes, cells that help the immune system defend the body from harmful substances.
Massage also reduces pain and anxiety due to cancer and symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.
Read more here on CNN
LA Times article
Dr. Andrew Weil article
The need for painkillers is often drastically reduced for people who regularly suffer from chronic pain. Massage truly is a form of natural pain relief.
People who get regular massage have experienced relief from pain and fatigue, improved GI function, spinal range of motion and better overall quality of life.
Massage restores parasympathetic nervous system function (helps you relax) and aids in lymph circulation and drainage which helps to flush toxins from the body and reduce edema.
Massage helps to restore normal balance to soft tissue, and relieve chronic tightness in muscles, restoring mobility and function.
Soft tissue restriction and fascial adhesion can hinder CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) flow, which in turn can hinder the function of the parasympathetic nervous system response (which is involved with rest, relaxation, digestion and restoration of energy). This can also restrict blood supply.
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