- Lower stress. The long-term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls.
- Increase immune function.
- Boost mental health and wellness.
- Manage pain.
- Improve physical fitness.
Massage stimulates receptors that transmit sensory signals to the central nervous system, and this in turn causes the reduction in tension in muscles and the feeling of relaxation. Massage causes the release of endorphins which has been shown to reduce pain and muscle tension.
For most patients, massage therapy is an important part of specific medical treatment plans to help them return to daily activities. For example, massage therapy is helpful after joint replacement surgery or injury. Massage also has many mental health benefits. Even people who are focused on the physical benefits say they feel less stressed after getting a massage.