Here is an excellent article I found on Livestrong.com,
The Health Benefits of Massages
By Denise Wang
Massage offers more than an hour of pampering and luxury. Actually, massage offers a variety of physical health benefits, according to the Mayo Clinic. Massage may also be engaged for a sense of well-being, comfort and stress relief, all of which have a positive effect on the human psyche. Young and old may enjoy the benefits of massage, although some individuals diagnosed with chronic or serious medical conditions may be advised against massages, cautions the Mayo Clinic. Speak to your doctor about your ability to benefit from massage and then enjoy.
There’s nothing quite as enjoyable to many individuals than to be pampered by a massage, but one of its biggest benefits is relief of stress and tension. Massage treatments help loosen tight muscles, which in turn helps reduce stress. Individuals practicing self-stress relief massage can place their thumbs on the bone behind the ears, spreading the remaining fingers across the scalp, suggests HelpGuide.org. Then, move each of your fingers in tiny circles, which will cause the scalp to gently move back and forth. Do this for about 20 seconds for a refreshed feeling and to relieve headache caused by tension or stress.
Massage may also help increase immune system function in the body, as well as reduce arthritic pain and post-surgical pain, according to a 2008 article in Newsweek magazine titled “Five Surprising Benefits of Massage.” Massage may also decrease levels of cortisol, a hormone
Massage stimulates the skin and muscles, increasing and improving blood circulation, according to Holistic Online. Improved circulation often promotes lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as increased circulation of blood flow. Improved circulation to capillaries helps oxygenate and feed skin cells and tissues, offering a fresh and healthy skin tone by softening dry skin through the release of natural oils produced by the skin, according to DeservingBodyMassage.com.
Immune Boosting Function
Massage improves circulation of lymph node fluid, which helps fight toxins and bacterial invasions throughout the body, important for optimal immune system function and support. Such immunity benefits help fight colds and flu, as well as reduce conditions ranging from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and high blood pressure, according to the 2008 Newsweek magazine article.
Those diagnosed with bone or sports injuries, limited range of motion and joint pain may benefit from massage therapy, according to MassageTherapy.com. Massage helps loosen tight or injured muscles, increases joint mobility and helps flood areas with oxygen-rich blood, nutrients and nutrition. Massage performed on a regular basis can help reduce stiffness in atrophied or weak muscles, leading to not only enhanced range of motion but mobility and function.
I hope you enjoyed this information as much as we did. I want to point out that we recommend that everyone receive a massage at least once per month, and even more often for those with chronic or acute issues. Jim
Our Valentine’s Day Gift to You
For everyone who books a massage appointment with Kuma Health and Wellness in February, we will present you with a 30 minute upgrade for the special price of $20. This is a 33% savings off our regular price.
This will give the massage therapist the opportunity to spend time really digging into your pain, and it will give you the chance to experience additional healing at a really affordable cost.
For example, our 60 minute massage is normally $75 (only $65 for our VIP Massage members) so with the upgrade gift you will receive a 90 minute massage for only $95 ($85 for our members).
There is a limit of one upgrade per person this month and remember, you do not have to actually receive the massage in February, just book the massage this month and we will honor this gift anytime it is convenient for you to come in.
Happy Valentine’s Day!