Massage has been shown to have the following benefits:
- Reduction of anxiety and depression
- Reduction of muscle tension
- Increased circulation
- Improved skin tone
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Reduction of stress hormones (Adrenaline, Norepinephrine and Cortisol)
- Increased range of motion in joints
- Increased rate of healing for soft tissue injuries
- Heightened mental alertness
There are also subjective benefits to receiving a massage that may vary from person to person. This could include a sense of deep relaxation and calm. Massage encourages the body to release feel-good hormones such as endorphins and oxytocin (the hormone known to relate to social bonding)
Benefits of Massage for Treating Specific Conditions
Along with these benefits modern research has demonstrated that massage can be used to successfully treat:
- High Blood Pressure
- Back or Neck Pain
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Chronic Pain
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Morhenn V, e. (2016). Massage increases oxytocin and reduces adrenocorticotropin hormone in humans. – PubMed – NCBI. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23251939 [Accessed 10 Apr. 2016].