Massage therapy is the manipulation by hand of the skin; muscle, ligaments and other associated soft tissues. This manipulation will have an effect on the physiology of the body. A certified massage therapist can alleviate not only physical symptoms, but also mental distress.
Massage has been studied for over 120 years. Regular massage sessions have been found to stimulate or sedate the nervous system. Other benefits includes:
Relaxation of tight or stress muscles
Increase overall health
Faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
Improve recovery time and immune function.
Reduces muscle spasms
Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
Enhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or work
Promotes deeper and easier breathing
Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
Reduces blood pressure
Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eyestrain