massage 1Physical benefits of massage include:
Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation

Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness

Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy

Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue

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 eye-strain

Enhances the health and nourishment of skin

Improves posture

Strengthens the immune system

Treats musculoskeletal problems

Rehabilitation post operative

Rehabilitation after injury

Mental benefits of massage include:
Foster peace of mind

Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness

Helps relieve mental stress

Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately

Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity

Emotional benefits of massage include:
Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch

Fosters a feeling of well-being

Reduces levels of anxiety

Creates body awareness

Increases awareness of mind-body connection

(Source: American Massage Therapy Association)