A professional massage can feel great. This is because massage affects the nervous system through nerve endings in the skin, stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals.
Massage is one of the oldest and simplest forms of medical care used to ease pain and anxiety, and massages have profound health benefits. Massages, even between you and your significant other, can be an excellent addition to your healthy lifestyle.
Along with promoting relaxation, improving your sense of well-being, getting a massage has been shown to:
Relieve pain (from migraines, labor, fibromyalgia and even cancer)
Boost your level of alertness and attention
Increase your body's natural killer cells, which help your immune system to defend against illness
Reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and ease insomnia
Decrease symptoms of PMS
Stimulate the lymph system, the body's natural defense, against toxic invaders.
Relax and soften injured and overused muscles, reducing spasms and cramping.
Provide arthritis relief by increasing joint flexibility.
Reduce recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminate subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
Reduce post-surgery adhesions and edema and reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
Contribute to shorter labor and reduce tearing for expectant mothers.