Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is proven to relieve stress and tension and massage is considered to be one of the oldest treatments and was used for thousands of years by many cultures. The ancient civilizations of the Chinese, Hindus, Persians and Egyptians use forms of massage to treat many illnesses. Hippocrates, “The Father of Western Medicine,” wrote papers recommending the use of friction for joint and circulatory problems.

Many massage techniques are still in use today. We have scientific proof of the benefits of massage - ranging from treating and curing chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing stresses and tensions of our modern lifestyles. Having a massage does more than just relax your body and mind.

Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. So, what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage and/or bodywork treatments?

Massages can benefit your Immune System

There are specific physiological and psychological changes that occur as a result of massage, especially when massage is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy. Numerous studies have indicated that massage, work outs and heat can increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural "killer cells") and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body’s immune functioning overall. Because of this reason, Avalon has incorporated a physical training program for physical therapy, a whirlpool spa for hydrotherapy along with our complete line of massages for massage therapy.

Recent studies suggest that people who are HIV positive and regularly get massages show an increase in their WBC-count, which includes T-cells that fight viral infections, as well as phagocytes that help fight against bacterial infection. They also showed an increase in serotonin.

Massages can promote healing

Touching is a natural human reaction to pain and stress. Think of the last time you bumped your head. What did you do? You rub it!

Massage is a major part of any physical rehabilitation treatment and many other chronic treatments, including lower back pain, arthritis and bursitis. It also relieves many stress illnesses and tension of everyday living. Healers throughout time and the world have instinctually and independently developed a wide range of therapeutic techniques using touch.

Massage can reduce stress

Experts estimate that 80% to 90% of disease is stress-related. The physical changes massage brings to your body can have a positive effect in many areas of your life, besides increasing relaxation and decreasing anxiety. Massage lowers your blood pressure, increases circulation, improves recovery from injury, helps you sleep better and increases your concentration. Massage also reduces fatigue and gives you more energy to handle stressful situations.

Massage can bring balance

Massage is a perfect elixir for good health, but it can also provide an integration of body and mind. By producing a meditative state or heightened awareness of living in the present moment, massage can provide emotional and spiritual balance, bringing with it true relaxation and peace.

For more information on the benefits of massage, call us at 713-333-5250 or email us.