12 Best Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

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    he origins of massage can be traced back thousands of years to numerous cultures around the world. A wide array of specialized styles exist, but the root objective remains the same – to heal through touch. In the most general terms, the technique of massage refers to pressing, rubbing, and manipulating the skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

    Beyond the physical benefits, massage procedures stimulate the release of endorphins, which act as natural painkillers. Additionally, the physical connection of massage offers a layer of caring and comfort not found in most modern healing methods. Whether you are considering a career as a Registered Massage Therapist or simply looking for a new treatment option, these are some of the many benefits of massage therapy from a licensed professional…

    Stress Reduction

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    It is no surprise that enduring years of the pandemic took a heavy toll on everyone’s psychological health. Long-term stress is linked as either a direct cause or an aggravator of numerous medical conditions, so alleviating it is crucial to our continued vitality.

    Over time, massage therapy has become best known for its positive effect on both mental and emotional well‑being. By effectively promoting relaxation and reducing stress, a good massage can work wonders. On a chemical level, massage can increase the production of serotonin and dopamine which lead to feelings of happiness. It also plays a role in reducing cortisol levels that functions as the body’s primary stress hormone. The nurturing aspect of massage has been shown to improve mood and increase confidence, which in turn leads to a reduction in anxiety and depression.

    Pain Relief

    Massage was originally developed as a means of physical relief and healing, and that remains a core aspect to this day. Skilled therapists focus their efforts to provide relief on specific problem areas. A few popular areas of attention include the following:

    Headaches: Stimulating pressure points on the neck, head, shoulders, and hands can decrease the frequency and severity of tension‑based headaches.

    Back pain: Lower back pain can severely impact mobility. Structural or Swedish massage can provide welcome relief for months.

    Nerve pain: Neuromuscular or trigger‑point therapy concentrates on specific target points to help relieve pressure on various nerves and diminish symptoms related to neuropathy.

    Improved Blood Flow

    Poor circulation is a daily reality for many, especially those who work in an office environment. Massage helps to facilitate circulation by applying pressure to aid the movement of blood through congested areas. The subsequent release of pressure allows fresh blood to flow in.

    The goal is to ensure oxygen‑rich blood makes its way to tense or injured muscles so they can heal properly. As a result of the improved blood flow, clients typically experience increased energy and alertness. In the longer term, massage has been proven to help lower heart rate and blood pressure. Regular massage can be used as a safe, non-invasive, and soothing treatment for hypertension.

    Boosted Immune Function

    Receiving regular massage therapy can help boost the immune system by flushing toxins and increasing blood flow throughout the body. Massage can also stimulate the activity of white blood cells that help the body fight diseases.

    Improved Sleep Quality

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    Roughly half of all Canadian adults struggle to achieve restful sleep and are experiencing some form of insomnia. Whether it is trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, the toll it takes throughout the day is noticeable. Fortunately, the two leading causes of sleep disorders (namely stress and pain) are both soothed by massage.

    Digestive Relief

    Digestive disorders might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of massage, but there are techniques focusing on the abdomen that can help ease the discomfort of anything from acid reflux to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Massage therapists focus on deep strokes to redirect acid and food toward the stomach where it can properly break down nutrients and waste.

    Lymphatic Drainage

    Lymphedema is a condition that leads to excess fluid build up in a person’s arms and legs. There are a variety of potential causes, and it is very common amongst women recovering from breast cancer surgery. A gentle form of massage known as lymphatic drainage is used to redistribute the fluid and relieve painful swelling.

    Injury Recovery

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    Physical trauma can cause serious damage to the body, not just at the point of injury, but on the surrounding muscles and tissue as well. Massage therapy is often used in conjunction with physiotherapy to aid recovery and alleviate pain. Sports-related injuries are commonly treated with this combination, but it can be highly effective for many other forms of trauma.

    Increased Mobility

    Mobility refers to a joint’s ability to move freely through a particular range of motion without restriction. Flexibility refers to the ability of the soft tissue to lengthen correctly and allow that range of motion to happen. Injury, overexertion, and poor circulation can all lead to limitations. Regular massage can help by working a combination of muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints.

    Posture Correction

    Poor posture can exacerbate poor circulation and manifest in unhealthy tension in the shoulders and neck. More severe cases affect the lower back and gluteal muscles as well. Regular massage treatments can help correct this imbalance and prevent further discomfort.

    Pampering & Indulgence

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    Unlike most medical treatments, clients don’t need any pre-existing conditions to enjoy the benefits of massage therapy. Between the physical release of tension, aromatic oils, and a relaxing atmosphere, this form of therapy is enjoyed by many solely as a comforting form of pampering.

    Final Thoughts

    A career as a Registered Massage Therapist is a great option if you are looking to pursue a hands-on approach to health care. ABM College offers a comprehensive Massage Therapy Diploma program that prepares students with all the skills and techniques they need for success in this high-demand field. Graduates of ABM’s Massage Therapy course can expect between 99 and 100 percent job placements in their new career according to official data.

    If you are eager to experience the above benefits firsthand, the Massage Clinic at ABM’s Calgary Campus is available for appointment booking.

    ·        Phone: (403) 717-0647

    ·        Email: massage@abmcollege.com

    Looking for a unique way to express your love this Valentine’s Day? Be sure to ask about ABM’s special couple’s massage packages available from January 10th until February 28th, 2023.

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