1. It improves immunity
In 2010 a study was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage improves the subject\s white blood cell count (this plays a big part in shielding the body from disease).De Miranda says it also “improves immune function for individuals with HIV."
2. It helps with constant sitting throughout the day
Aaron Tanason, registered massage therapist, kinesiologist and owner at Paleolife Massage Therapy in Toronto states, "Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress”. “More often than not [that stress] tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck.”Desk employees, be cautious. More cutting-edge forms of postural stress “show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting.”Fortunately, massage can cancel out the imbalance due to sitting, meaning you can keep your desk job—as long as you schedule a regular massage.
3. It helps with sore muscle pain
Do you have muscle pain? Massage therapy helps to reduce these pains according to Tanason, “Massage increases and improves circulation, in much the same way rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain”.A study from 2011 found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
4. It helps ease depression and anxiety
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, discovered that patients that were anxious and depressed were much more relaxed and happy, and had decreased levels of stress after massage therapy.Tanason states, “Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing”. Also, according to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, females diagnosed with breast cancer who had massage therapy three times per week proved to be less angry and depressed.
5. It helps you sleep better
Not only can massage strengthen a restful sleep—it also helps those who can’t otherwise adequately rest.Lisa Marie de Miranda, registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Paleolife Massage Therapy says,“Massage promotes relaxation and sleep in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy”Furthermore, according to research from the University of Warwick. if you’re a recent parent, you will be pleased to know it can improves infants sleep, as well as cry less and be less stressed.“There’s not really a particular technique. Whatever parents normally do to soothe their baby will be effective.” says Miranda. If parents choose to do it themselves, it will come naturally. “Most RMTs can do infant massage”.
*Source: thebesthealthmag.ca - by: Katharine Watts*