The Benefits Of Massage Therapy

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It may only have exploded in recent years but the practice of massage therapy dates
back to the time of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. And that is about 4000 years
ago. In a clear reference to massaging, Hippocrates wrote in one of his medical notes
that physicians must know the practice of ‘rubbing.’

Now, massage therapy cannot just be called as ‘rubbing.’ With most of the young
Hollywood getting a massage or two every week, it has become the toast of the social
set. Its popularity can be seen with the way a lot of massage therapy clinics have
opened shops in the last few years with many more planning to in the next couple of
months. Currently there are about 100,000 massage therapists in the country and the
numbers are increasing two-fold.

Massage therapy in the scientific terms is the process of putting pressure on muscular
structure and soft tissues in the body for relaxation. Pressure in this instance can mean
a lot of things, from holding and pressing to kneading and rocking. Massages are
primarily done with the hands although some massage therapists also use other parts of
their bodies like the forearms, elbows and the feet.

Its popularity is actually not surprising especially with this stressful world. Many people
are turning to massage therapy for relaxation and regeneration. And unlike other de-
stressors, massage therapy is scientifically based and its advantages are all research
proven. Besides its physical benefits, it also known to improve the overall wellbeing of
the mind and the spirit.

Below are some of the benefits that massage therapy gives us.

1. Relaxation

This is the number one reason why people coming back to the clinics. After a week of
stress in the office or at home, people especially women, just want to relax. Massages
are great for the skin as it stimulates the release of toxins and hormones. In fact, some
studies have even shown massages as being able to lower the possibility of wrinkles

2. Relieves pain

Another benefit of massage therapy is the fact that it can loosen those tight muscles
especially if you frequently have cramps on your legs. Going to the clinics can also
relieve you of your tired and aching muscles. This is especially useful with people who
are into sports or those who live the active lifestyle.

3. Makes you a better athlete

People who are into sports can also benefit much from massage therapy. If you feel that
your muscles have become tight and rickety, massages can improve on your flexibility
and also increase your range of motion. If you get massages all the time, you will notice
that you can now do movements that were painful to do before. Massages also improve
the body’s resistance. It lowers the blood pressure, heart rate and even helps in
recoveries from injuries and sprains. It also strengthens the immune system.

4. Improve mental faculties

Massages are also great ways to improve your mental performance. It can actually
reduce mental stress, allowing you to work better and think clearer. It is also known to
relieve headaches. Massage therapy also allows you to concentrate better on the task
at hand. After a massage, you will basically have a clean slate in your mind that is
equivalent to the restful therapy that sleep gives.

Description: Useful and helpful tips on using massage to relax, rest and be healthy.