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The Benefits Of Bodywork

What are some of the benefits of massage and bodywork treatments?

  • Alleviates low-back pain and improves range of motion
  • Assists with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shortens maternity hospital stay
  • Eases medication dependence
  • Enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system
  • Exercises and stretches weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Helps athletes of any level prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts
  • Improves the condition of the body’s largest organ the skin
  • Increases joint flexibility
  • Lessen depression and anxiety
  • Promotes tissue regeneration
  • Reduces scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces postsurgery adhesions and swelling
  • Reduces spasms and cramping
  • Relaxes and softens injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Relieves migraine pain

Experts estimate that upwards of 90% of disease is stress related. Nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether may not be idealistic, bodywork without a doubt, helps manage stress.

This translates to:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue

Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving bodywork. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Research shows that with massage:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping

Research continues to show the benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork and massage. Reiki in particular is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site practitioners to treat postsurgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

Having a bodywork session can really give you a boost and getting sessions frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Just like with exercise, regularly scheduled sessions can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan.