August 15th, 2007Benefits of Massage Therapy
by Sarah Greer, Licensed Massage Therapist
Massage Therapy is a crucial tool in today’s health field. Many people see massage as just a pampering, relaxing treat, but there are some very important health benefits that will come along with a regular massage.
As a licensed massage therapist many people ask me how often they should get massages. I recommend getting a massage once a week, especially if the person has some chronic issues to work with. However, if an individual cannot afford to get massage therapy done weekly then I strongly suggest having a 90-minute session at least twice a month.
*Relieves muscle aches and pains
*Clients receiving massage therapy report a variety of sensations, emotions, feelings, and mental perceptions that are subjective, difficult to measure and unique to every individual
*Loosens scar tissue. Massage can prevent scarring to some degree by not allowing stagnation of tissue edema following injury
*Massage can stimulate release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, into the brain and nervous system
*Better sleep and deep relaxation. With the relief of tension and stress the client can cope better and cut off chronic tension patterns
*Relieve mental and physical fatigue
*Strengthens the immune system and promotes disease prevention
*Provides healthier, better-nourished skin by removing dry or dead skin and allowing new tissue to form
Sarah M Greer is a Licensed Massage Therapist with an office located inside Christopher’s Herb Shop in Springville, Utah. She offers massage therapy and teaches yoga and health classes. Visit Sarah’s website at http://www.massageyogahealth.com.