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August 23, 2013 | Health

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is more than relaxing me-time. Studies continue to prove the physical, and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. As the number of proven health benefits grows, so do the number of clients who turn to Ghana BodyWorks massage for a more balanced lifestyle.

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Massage Therapy Relieves Stress
Stress relief is one of the first benefits that come to mind when thinking of massage therapy. It's also a key component for anyone trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Clinical studies show that even a single 1 ½ -hour session can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol levels and insulin levels-all of which help reduce stress through massage therapy.

Taking care of your body should be at the top of your priorities. By adding therapeutic massage to your routine now, you'll feel, look and simply be healthier far into the future. In fact, stress relief alone can improve your vitality and state of mind. So what better way to prep for a long, happy life than a relaxing, therapeutic massage?

Benefits of Stress Relief
Lowers Heart Rate
Lowers Blood Pressure
Relaxes Muscles
Increases Endorphins
Massage Therapy Improves Blood Circulation
The long-term effects of massage therapy are more than skin deep. Better blood circulation is part of the chain reaction that occurs in the body as a result of receiving massage therapy on a regular basis.

A person with poor circulation can suffer from a variety of discomforts including pooling of the fluid in the extremities (like the toes), cold hands and feet, fatigue and achiness created by an accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles. Good circulation brings damaged, tense muscles the oxygen rich blood they need to heal.

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Massage facilitates circulation because the pressure created by the massage technique actually moves blood through the congested areas. The release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow in. The squeezing and pulling also flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the circulation of the lymph fluid which carries metabolic waste away from muscles and internal organs, resulting in lower blood pressure and improved body function.

Benefits of Improved Circulation
Enhances blood flow
Naturally lowers blood pressure
Improves body function
Massage Therapy Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure has more misconceptions than nearly any other medical condition. Here are some common misconceptions:

Myth: High blood pressure has many symptoms
Fact: High blood pressure has NO symptoms. That's why it's often called the silent killer.

Myth: High blood pressure is a man's problem
Fact: High blood pressure can be anyone's problem. In fact, women need to be aware of certain things that may put them at greater risk than men

Myth: You don't need to have your high blood pressure checked until you reach middle age.

Fact: Children as young as six can have high blood pressure. It's a good idea to start having your blood pressure checked at an early age.

One effective way to stave off high blood pressure naturally is massage therapy. Long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower sources for depression, anxiety and hostility.

Benefits of Lower Blood Pressure
Lower depression, anxiety, and hostility
Keeps stress hormone levels under control
Low blood pressure can contribute to lowering the odds of having a heart attack, kidney failure, or a stroke

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Massage Therapy Strengthens the Immune System
Regular therapeutic massage sessions provide significant benefits beyond the immediate relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress tend to get sick more than others. Combine stress with lack of sleep and poor nutrition, and our immune system's ability to naturally protect itself against bacteria and infection is greatly reduced.

What are the benefits of massage on immune system?
Clinical studies have indicated that regular massage not only helps alleviate stress, but can naturally increase the immune system's cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body's natural "killer cells") and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body's immune functioning overall. In one study by Gail Ironson, M.D., HIV positive men were given 45 minute massages five days a week, for a month. They showed an increase in serotonin and an increase in cells that are viewed as the first line of defence in the immune system.

Benefits of Strengthening the Immune System
Increases the body's natural killer cells
Aids in the fight against bacteria and infection
Naturally enhances the body's ability to get nourishment to important areas

Massage Therapy Manages Pain of Chronic Conditions
People with chronic pain often turn to massage therapy to help naturally improve their quality of life.

Most people go to massage therapists to reduce pain. There's a release of serotonin, which is the body's natural production of anti-pain chemicals. Additionally, an aggravating factor in pain syndromes can be a lack of deep, restorative sleep. Massage is very effective at increasing deep sleep. With more deep sleep, you have less pain.

Fibromyalgia and arthritis are two chronic pain syndromes that can be positively impacted by massage therapy. In a study of massage therapy for knee osteoarthritis, a group receiving massage therapy for the pain showed significant improvement in pain, stiffness and physical function. They increased their range of motion and reduced the time it took them to walk 50 feet.

In another study, conducted by the Touch Research Institute people with arthritis in their wrist and hand reported less pain and greater grip strength after massage therapy. They also had lower anxiety and depressed mood scores.

For people looking to naturally manage their chronic pain, massage therapy can improve quality of life by impacting mood as well as manage the pain. When you live with chronic pain, having a toolbox of strategies you turn to for pain relief is important. Massage can be a powerful tool for relaxing both mind and body.

Benefits of Managing Chronic Pain
Increases serotonin, which reduces pain naturally
Naturally increases deep sleep
Increases range of motion
Lowers anxiety and improves mood
Please contact us [email protected] to arrange an appointment between 08.00 and 22.00.

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Our professional therapists come to you. They offer a wide range of high-quality therapeutic massage treatments, brought directly to your home, hotel, office or event, from only 100 GHS per hour.

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