....touch therapies have been recorded as far back as 5,000 years and healing by touch has existed long before.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Prolonged stress, with little chance for the body to unwind, rest and recover, can becaome a self-perpetuating cycle. Stress-related muscle tension develops into painful conditions such as chronic back pain or headaches These are themselves stressful and continue the cycle. This can in turn interfere with (among other things) sleep, digestion and immune system function.
Massage can have effects ranging from the very specific (increase range of motion in a particular joint) to systemic (lover general stress level).
Some benefits of massage include:
Increase alertness and acuity
Decrease mental stress
Increase feeling of overall well-being
Internal sense of calm
Decrease stress and tension
Improved sleep patterns
Reduced chronic pain
Increased circulation leading to healthier tissue, which is less injury-prone
Alleviation of repetitive stess injuries, headaches and TMJ dysfunction
Strengthened immune system
Massage maybe the oldest and simplest form of medical care...