Massage therapy is a skilled practice with many different applications. Most people think of massage therapy as a luxurious spa activity, or maybe as a way to help recover from an injury. Massage therapy actually shows the greatest benefits for people who get massages regularly! Here are a few of the main reasons massage therapy can be beneficial to the average person.
Regardless of the type of work you do, you probably feel stress. America’s number one cause of stress is work, and if your work is repetitive in nature or requires you to sit for long periods of time, it’s easy to develop tension in the soft tissue and muscles in the body. This tension can have a negative impact on the quality of our daily lives, and some knots can be very painful until they are worked on through manual manipulation of the tissue.
Not only can massage assist with physical stress and ailments, it can help relieve emotional stress and as well. Just as our bodies have physical scars from past injuries, our bodies have the same kind of reaction to emotional stress, tension, or trauma. It is in the soft tissue that these memories and scars are held, and massage works directly with releasing endorphins and “feel good” hormones that allow your mood to be affected positively.
Improve Desk Jobs
If you’re sitting at a desk reading this, you can probably feel all the tension in your body already, maybe your upper shoulders and neck, low back or wrists. Working conditions are fairly unavoidable, that is why regular massage therapy and home care from the client is so important to combat the negative effects our jobs can have on us. The demands our jobs hold on us aren’t particularly good for our bodies or psyche anyways, so massage helps alleviate the negative side effects. Taking care of yourself is important!
Injury Prevention & Recovery
Massage therapy can be a way to help your body recover and heal more quickly, where appropriate, and also ease pain around the injury.If you are currently under the care of a physician because of an injury, it’s a smart idea to consult with them before receiving massage. Massage aids in the recovery process by bringing new blood to the area, and even work with reducing thickness of newly developing scars. Massage is also used as a preventative measure for injuries in some of the same ways it treats them by bringing new blood flow to the area and increasing flexibility.
Its estimated that as many as 1/3 people suffer from at least mild insomnia in the United States. There are a lot of factors that can cause insomnia, and massage therapy can address some of them through a combination of stress relief, muscle relaxation, positive reinforced touch, and healing modalities. Massage can help people stay asleep longer without interruption, and have a more restful sleep. If you are having difficulty sleeping, consider receiving regular massage to help you have more restful sleep.
Onondaga Believes in Massage
At Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, we believe in what we do! We’ve seen for ourselves the powerful healing of massage, and would love for you to experience it yourself. Book a massage with one of our students today!