12 Surprising Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

12 Surprising Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

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Sure, lying in a tranquil room in a relaxed atmosphere on a massage table with the lights dimmed, candles lit in the background and the essence of lavender piercing through the warm air sounds like the perfect way to end the day on a good note, however, the purpose of massages is not just for relaxation. It carries many medicinal benefits too.

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. Eastern and Western Civilizations found that massages could heal injuries, relieve pain, reduce stress, prevent and cure illnesses. Massages can even promote the release of the built-up toxins in your body causing numerous health problems.

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Research Roundup: Massage Beneficial in Oncology Care

Article Featured on AMTA

Increased Quality of Life

While massage therapy is highly effective in soothing physical ailments, its benefits extend into many other areas. A 2014 study of patients with acute myelogenous leukemia who received 50 minutes of Swedish massage three times per week for seven weeks, found all participants experienced stress reduction, increased comfort and relaxation, while also tracking health-related quality of life (HQoL) compared to a group of usual standard-of-care patients.

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Exercise Is Better With Massage

Article Featured on AMTA

From beginner athletes to elite professionals, massage therapy has shown to have major benefits regardless of the participant’s fitness level. Athletes seeking enhanced performance, improved conditioning, faster recovery, injury prevention and assistance in maintaining peak fitness can benefit from massage therapy.

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25 Reasons You Should Get a Massage

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Consumer Survey, 67 percent of individuals surveyed claim their primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous 12 months was medical (41 percent) or stress (26 percent) related.

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Study: Massage Helps Treat Low Back Pain

Article Featured on WebMD | By Brenda Goodman, MA

Massage may be serious medicine, at least when it comes to treating persistent low back pain, a new study shows.

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Massage As an Alternative Medical Treatment

Article Featured on US News

FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, Bill Cook has gotten a weekly massage. He isn’t a professional athlete. He didn’t receive a lifetime gift certificate to a spa. Nor is the procedure a mere indulgence, he says – it’s medicinal.

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Massage Therapy for the Pain of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Article Featured on Everyday Health | By Chris Iliades, MD

Complementary approaches to easing pain are becoming more mainstream. Find out how massage could fit into your osteoarthritis treatment.

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Fit in my 40s: I hated Pilates the first time I tried it. Now I’ve had an epiphany

I was persuaded to try it again by a friend because of the way she looks – like a dancer, except not haughty.

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Why Swimmers Should Do Pilates

By Laura Thornton | Featured on USMS

Pilates can help swimmers develop a stronger, more efficient stroke

Have you ever found yourself swimming diagonally, on a collision course with the lane line? If so, you’re not alone. This wayward swimming might just mean the balance of your stroke is a little off. Practicing Pilates can get you back on course, says Lisa Reynolds, director of Mind Body Programs at East Bank Club in Chicago and a certified Pilates instructor.

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How to do Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana) in Yoga

By Lacey Bourassa | Article Featured on Verywellfit | Image Source: Verywellfit / Ben Goldstein

Learn how to do the kneeling pose known as Thunderbolt Pose. Vajrasana uses proper posture to strengthen the back and can be used in meditation.

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