Benefits of massage and the human touch
Human touch – It’s priceless. Human touch is one of many great benefits of massage. Have you ever felt out of sorts in your own body? Maybe you’ve experienced chronic pain in your low back or perhaps you are someone who suffers migraines. Maybe your pain doesn’t show up as an obvious physical symptom, but instead it shows up as depression, irritability, or lack of energy. Most of us have experienced similar feelings at some point in our lives.
What do you do when such feelings arise? Are you proactive with your health and well being? Are you aware of the great benefits of massage?
There is power and healing in touch. Some of us are lucky enough to have our significant other or a family member or friend to actually help us out and give us a good ‘ole rub down to ease away the discomforts.
Whether it’s a rub down from a friend, a massage session from a spa or even self-massage with your very own hands, massage is a highly beneficial form of healing. Not only that, but it’s a great form of preventative medicine as well!
My name is Kathleen Hilker and this is my first article for EndTheTrendNow. I work as a licensed massage therapist and a certified Pilates Instructor in Austin Texas. I also have my own private practice called FitNMotion. Check out www.FitNMotion.com and learn more about the services I offer; along with some blog posts on health, wellness, and movement exploration.
As a practitioner in the health and wellness field, I can’t stress it enough how important it is to take care of your body, TODAY. Not tomorrow, not next week, and not just something to think about putting on the to do list. If there is pain, the body is telling you something. The more we put off addressing it, the bigger the mess, and that’s never fun to clean up. So why not take charge. Be proactive with your health! It’s your only body.
There are many different types of massage therapy out there, all of them greatly improving the physical body, emotional body, and the physiological body. Massage is a near perfect mixture of science and art.
With some practice, just about anyone can do it. It is helpful and important to have some education and knowledge of the human body, and just as important to have compassion for the person you are massaging. However, working as a massage therapist, I do encourage everyone to get a professional massage. Family and friends can be excellent therapists and sometimes the best ones, and it’s a perk that they don’t charge any money; but investing in regular professional massage treatments is; well, a great investment into your own body and livelihood. Plus, a good therapist will have had the proper training and will have acquired a variety of skills to effectively listen to and address the clients’ issues. Aside from the great benefits of massage, there are also some risks. That’s just another good reason to go to a professional.
Benefits of Massage:
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Helps sooth infants
- Promotes digestion.
- Alleviate low back pain and Increases range of motion in joints.
- Decreases illness-related fatigue.
- Calms aggressive behaviors.
- Reduces level of stress hormone cortisol.
- Boosts “feel good” hormone serotonin and dopamine.
- Decreases depression and helps to promote a healthy mind.
- Slows down heart rate, reduces blood pressure.
- Block nervous system’s pain receptors.
- Helps your immunity by increasing white blood cell counts.
- Stimulates lymph flow – the body’s natural defense system.
- Improves recovery after post-operative surgery.
- Alleviates age-related disorders, sleep disorders, and many more emotional and physical problems.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Relieve migraine pain.
Risks with massage
With certain health conditions, it could be dangerous to be on the receiving end of a massage. People with the following symptoms or illnesses should contact their doctors first.
- Blood vessel diseases: If you have a blood clot, the massage could cause the clot to move, and if it moves into your lungs, it can kill you.
- Cardiovascular diseases: People suffering from these diseases may have swollen blood vessels, blood clots, or heart disease.
- Certain forms of cancer.
- If you have skin conditions such as burns, cuts, cold sores, bruises, sores, herpes, open cuts, and swollen areas, you should not have a massage in one of these areas.
- Severe back pain could mean you have a problem that could be exacerbated with massage, so ask your doctor first.
- People with high fevers or chills should not get a massage, since it may be the sign of a serious illness.
- Massaging the feet, lower legs, and abdomen during the first three months of pregnancy could cause miscarriage. There are massage therapists who specialize in pregnancy massage, but always ask your doctor first.
- People with a mild stage of osteoporosis could benefit from massage if permitted by their doctors, but not anyone with severe osteoporosis.
Human touch is Priceless! Invest in your health and wellness and add vitality and joy to your life!
By Kathleen Hilker