Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
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Massage and CranioSacral Therapy can also help specifically address a number of health issues. According to studies at the University of Miami's Touch Research Institute bodywork can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Provide relief for clients with fibromyalgia and arthritis.
- Facilitate growth and weight gain in pre-term infants.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Reduce edema and inflammation.
- Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
- Relieve pain and restore movement in many repetitive use injuries.
- Create body self-awareness.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Encourage balance and coordination.
- Reduce job, family, and personal stress.
- Release holding patterns from previous injuries.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Calm and quiet the mind.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
How can massage and bodywork effect so many things? According to Sharon Heller, PhD in The Vital Touch, in a patch of skin 3/4" square on the back of your hand, you will find nine feet of blood vessels, thirteen yards of nerves, six hundred pain sensors, nine thousand nerve endings, thirty-six heat sensors, six cold sensors, and seventy-five pressure sensors. We truly are fearfully and wonderfully made!