Benefits of Massage

  • Relaxes muscle spasms and relieves tension
  • Stretches muscle fibers, fascia (connective tissue) and tendons
  • Reduces accumulation of lactic acid from strenuous muscle contraction and chronic tension
  • Relieves and prevents soreness and stiffness in muscles
  • Addresses tender points/trigger points and their associated patterns of pain and dysfunction
  • Improves elasticity of soft tissue
  • Supports ease and efficiency of movement
  • Improves posture and functioning
  • Increases range of motion at joints
  • Encourages synovial fluid production which provides lubrication for joints
  • Reduces joint inflammation
  • Strengthens blood and lymph circulation
  • Temporarily reduces blood pressure
  • Stimulates immune function
  • Relieves lymphatic congestion
  • Reduces edema (swelling)
  • Increases endorphin and serotonin production
  • Enhances neurological growth and development
  • Shifts autonomic nervous system from sympathetic (stress) to parasympathetic (healing) activity
  • Supports digestion and elimination of wastes
  • Improves absorption of nutrients
  • Balances hormonal activity
  • Relieves PMS, menstrual and menopausal symptoms
  • Loosens and stimulates movement of mucus
  • Increases breathing volume and decreases breathing speed
  • Improves texture and appearance of skin
  • Reduces scar tissue formation
  • Increases permeability and promotes elasticity of skin
  • Prevents injury and illness
  • Reduces stress response
  • Relieves pain
  • Increases health and longevity
  • Improves quality of rest and sleep
  • Increases attention and concentration
  • Improves self image and self acceptance
  • Empowers self to make changes
  • Brings unconscious material to consciousness
  • Helps access memories – overcome trauma
  • Accesses intuition
  • Creates better balance and coordination – sense of groundedness and centeredness
  • Creates more sensitivity, flexibility, and gracefulness – friendlier relations and increased connectedness to self and others
  • Integrates the whole being, living from the entire body and not just the head – authentic rather than intellectual responses
  • Moves stagnant energy
  • Vitalizes life force energy

According to Iris Burman and Sandy Friedland, authors of TouchAbilities and my 2 wonderful teachers and the co-founders of Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, Florida.