“I need a massage!” You’ve probably heard somebody make this declaration after a long day. It’s understandable—massages are most commonly known for their relaxing qualities. They’re great at reducing stress and treating anxiety, even fighting insomnia. A massage can work out tension built from sitting at a desk staring at a computer or days filled with difficult manual labor. It’s a great way to wind down after a big project or a particularly tense week, and people know it. But a massage is so much more than just a time to relax.
Recent studies have shown that massage is a popular supplement to alternative medicine. Combined with traditional medical treatment, it is a natural remedy to many physical ailments. These theories are still being tested, but there is substantial evidence to suggest that massage helps with digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, stress-related insomnia, sports injuries, and joint pain. It’s even used to heal and reduce scar tissue after surgery or injury.
Sports massage is another popular technique used to improve athletic performance. It is similar to a Swedish massage, but geared towards athletes, increasing range of motion and relaxing the muscles. It not only enhances exercise performance and keeps athletes in peak condition, but it speeds up the healing time of any injury that may occur.
Massage is also used to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety in cancer patients and nausea in chemotherapy patients, manage pain, improve balance in older adults, and ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. It has the mental benefits of producing feelings of comfort and connection and overall decreasing stress.
At WELLTRAX, our Licensed Massage Therapists are trained in a variety of techniques, from hot stone to sports, and are talented at customizing routines to your needs. Whether you just need to relax or are searching for an alternative medical treatment, our therapists provide quality care and attention to your individual needs. Visit our “Who We Are” page to meet the therapists, learn about their specialties, and book your massage today.
American Massage Therapy Association