The huge list of treatable disorders and benefits of massage at the bottom of this post is taken directly from the Victorian Govt. Better Health guide (see here for the full scoop).
If you already get regular professional massage then that is GREAT! I congratulate you and encourage you to keep looking after yourself.
If you haven’t had a professional massage yet then it’s time you did. Massage is sooooooo good for you on soooooooooo many levels that you more than owe it to yourself. If you have had a massage somewhere and were not happy with it, don’t give up. Not all massage styles or Therapists are the same. As a starting point, make sure they are registered with the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT)
There seems to be a perception that massage is a treat, that it’s something special that should be reserved for special occasions. And that’s great! That in itself means that you hold massage up as something of real value.
These days we are all busy, and In general we are experts in finding ways of not looking after ourselves. When it all comes down to it, we either reap the benefits of making the time, spending the money & giving ourselves permission to look after ourselves, because WE ARE WORTHY. Or… we suffer and lament missed opportunities, aches, pains, ill health and excuses.
I know which I’d prefer!!!
Modern studies have shown that massage can be used to successfully treat a variety of disorders,
• back or neck pain
• soft tissue injuries
• chronic pain
• high blood pressure
Benefits of massage
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs
because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that
produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and
norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the
Some of the physical benefits of massage include:
• reduced muscle tension
• improved circulation
• stimulation of the lymphatic system
• reduction of stress hormones
• increased joint mobility and flexibility
• improved skin tone
• speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
• heightened mental alertness
• reduced anxiety and depression.
If there was one drug you could buy from the chemist that could do all of these things for you I bet you would have already bought a life time supply!!
If you haven’t already, it’s time to make massage a regular part of your life.