According to the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” With this in mind, we can accept that anything that positively impacts the physical, mental and social well-being of an individual would improve health.
Massage therapy can have a positive impact on all three of the above mentioned aspects of health.
Physical health benefits of massage therapy:
• Relieves muscle tension, stiffness and pain by stimulating the release of endorphins.
• Improves healing time of strained muscles and sprained ligaments, as well as reducing pain, swelling and the formation of scar tissue.
• Improves flexibility and range of motion.
• Improves the circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids.
• Reduces blood pressure and heart rate.
• Strengthens the immune system.
Mental health benefits of massage therapy:
• Reduces stress and aids in relaxation.
• Improves sleep.
• Stimulates the production of endorphins, such as serotonin and dopamine, helping with depression.
Social health benefits of massage therapy:
• Satisfies the need for healthy touch, fostering a feeling of well-being.
• Provides a safe space to relax and de-stress.
• Promotes healthy selfimage and awareness.
It has been scientifically and medically proven that stress causes disease. Stress can also interrupt and slow our bodies’ natural healing abilities. Massage therapy can help alleviate stress and the symptoms it manifests in our bodies, promoting overall wellness of our physical, mental and social health.