Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster internally and externally than stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress which translates into decreased anxiety & depression, enhanced sleep quality, greater energy, improved concentration, increased circulation, and reduced fatigue.
Massage can specifically address a number of health issues like sciatica, plantar fasciitis, low back pain, TMJ, stiff neck, & migraines. Massage therapy also reduces spasms and cramping, and it relaxes and softens injured, tired, and overused muscles. In addition to directly treating the muscles and fascia, massage therapy releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller.
Massage therapy enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow - the body's natural defense system. It also pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation. It promotes tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks. Athletes of any level benefit from massage because it helps them prepare for or recover from strenuous workouts.