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What is a Massage?

A massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function and promote relaxation and well-being. It involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system.

Benefits of Regular Massages:

  • Relaxes and softens injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Improves posture, concentration and sleep
  • Alleviates low back pain and improves range of motion
  • Releases endorphins - amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • Lessens depression and anxiety
  • Reduces spasms, cramping, swelling and postsurgery adhesions
  • Increases joint flexibility
  • Nourishes and improves the body's largest organ - the skin
  • Eases medication dependence
  • Exercises and stretches weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Promotes tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Relieves migraine pain
  • Enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow - the body's natural defense system
  • Assists with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shortens maternity hospital stays
  • Helps athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
Review the clinical research studies examining the benefits of massage.