Massage therapy can best be described as manipulations of the body’s soft tissue done by a licensed or certified massage therapist. It encompasses many kinds of modalities and styles including Eastern, Western, or a mix of philosophies and techniques.
Massage therapy provides an extensive variety of health benefits; a few are listed below. The philosophy I’ve adopted is that the body heals when it’s at rest. That is why sleep is important and stress is damaging. Massage therapy is valuable because it helps your body return to a state of homeostasis, thus allowing healing from within.
Boosts immune system
Eases Depression & Anxiety
Helps reduce appearance of scars
Helps break up adhesions
Improves digestion, elimination
Increases flexibility, range of motion
Increases lymph flow
Moves nutrients, oxygen, blood cells
Moves toxins and waste
Recovery from physical activities faster
Reduces muscle tension
Stimulates parasympathetic state
Supports natural healing process