HEALTH BENEFITS

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Relaxation is key to managing Anxiety And Depression

For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also soothe anxiety and depression. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression. 

Recieving regular Massage Actually Improves Sleep

If you've ever dozed off on a massage table, you don't need to be convinced that a massage can promote healthy sleep. A number of studies have examined this link, and chalk it up to massage's affect on delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep, according to Health magazine.

Ease Pain

Eight out of 10 Americans will experience debilitating back pain, according to Time.com, but a massage  help. According to a 2011 study, massage helped people in pain feel and function better compared to people who didn't receive any massage treatment. 

"We found the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments: medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga," Dan Cherkin, Ph.D., lead author of the study, said in a press release. 

Massage has also been linked to decreased stiffness and pain, as well as better range of motion in people with osteoarthritis. 

Boost Immunity

Multiple studies, although often small, have linked massage to better functioning of the immune system. 

In one 2010 study, researchers found massage increased a person's disease-fighting white blood cells. The stress-reducing powers of massage can also help keep you healthy.

Preventitive maintainence for Individuals whom suffer Migraines or stress related Headaches

Just like muscle and back pain, headaches can also be alleviated thanks to massage. A regular rubdown can reduce a person's number of migraines, according to WebMD, as well as limit how painful each migraine feels, according to the Touch Reaserch Institute. 

A 2009 study found that a 30-minute massage decreased pain for people with tension headaches, and even curbed some of the stress and anger associated with that pounding head.

Beautification

A little prodding in the right places can even have beauty benefits. "Massage increases blood flow, which plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage (the shuttling of toxins out and away from cells so that more nutrients can travel in) and adds vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair," Kimara Ahnert, a New York City skin-care studio owner told Women's Health. 

And you don't even have to make an appointment -- simply rubbing your face and scalp for a few minutes can make a big difference.

Ease Cancer Treatment

Massage is particularly helpful for people living with or undergoing treatment for serious illnesses, like cancer. Various studies have shown that massage can relieve fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression and nausea incancer patients.

 

Additional Information and Research links:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23087776

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3457720/

 http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/prenatalmassage.html

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