Manual and energetic bodywork benefits the body in innumerable ways.
With massage and other manual therapies, the physical improvement of circulation in blood and lymph systems flushes away metabolic and environmental toxins. Blood then ushers in fresh oxygen and nutrients to promote health and efficiency at a cellular level. Gentile stretching of muscles and fascia with joint mobilizations promote improvements in muscle tone and joint range of motion. The break-up of mall-formed fascial tissue results in reduced pain, increased range of motion and allows healing of chronic injuries.
Probably the most famous benifit of massage is stress reduction. Some experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. Especially in this time this benefit cannot be over-expressed. Massage improves body systems as well as deeper issues which abate stess including:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts and injuries.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Promote release of endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.