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Benefits of massage

Just some of the things massage is good for

A list of some of the health problems and conditions that massage can help overcome. But remember, massage is not just about helping to restore health when things go wrong, it's one of the best preventive medicines.

Massage has a long history and proved effective to assist recovery from illness and injuries, or to restore functions that have been lost.

The list below represents some of the conditions that can successfully be treated with massage, however not all therapists are sufficiently trained to address many of these issues.

These conditions improve more quickly with counselling, proper diet and nutrition, exercise, and where appropriate, prescribed medications.

Please note the words remedial and therapeutic have the same meaning but holistic bodywork (holistic BW) is more encompassing as it addresses body, mind and spirit.

Benefits of massage therapy study results

"Blood tests revealed that those who had a Swedish massage with moderate pressure experienced decreases in stress hormones and increases in white blood cells, indicating a boost in the immune system.  Meanwhile volunteers who had a "light touch" treatment showed higher levels of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes bonding. Based on the findings, Rapaport believes that massage might be effective in treating inflammatory and autoimmune conditions." ~ Mark Rapaport, MD. Is/was chairman of the department of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. 

Here we see results supporting health benefits of massage using therapeutic (Swedish) touch and lighter 'sensual' massage helping with bonding, emotionality and interpersonal sensitivity.

Massage benefits sufferers of:

Symptom Massage solution
Acute pain remedial massage to the entire body with careful attention to the injured area
Aggression stress release massage to the entire body and counselling
Anger stress release massage to the entire body and counselling
Anxiety lomi lomi stress release massage to the entire body
Athletic low performance remedial massage to the entire body
Blocked fallopian tubes stress release massage to the entire body and deep abdominal massage
Back pain remedial massage to the entire body and targeted deep tissue massage to worst affected region
Blood pressure - high and low remedial massage to the entire body
Breast enhancement stress release massage to the entire body and body sculpting breast massage 
Carpal tunnel remedial massage to the entire body and deep tissue massage to affected areas
Cellulite reduction remedial massage to the entire body and body sculpting techniques to affected areas.
Cerebral palsy holistic BW massage to the entire body
Chronic fatigue lomi lomi or relaxation massage to the entire body
Chronic pain stress release massage to the entire body and targeted deep tissue massage to worst affected areas
Constipation stress release massage to the entire body and deep abdominal massage
Depression stress release massage to the entire body
Diabetes relaxation massage to the entire body
Ectopic pregnancy holistic BW massage to the entire body and deep abdominal massage
Erectile dysfunction and difficulties holistic BW or tantra massage to the entire body including the genital region
Frigidity holistic BW or tantra massage to the entire body including the genital region
Gout remedial massage to the entire body with careful, attention to affected areas
Headaches stress release massage to the entire body with careful, attention to the neck and head
Hypertension and congestive heart disease relaxation massage to the entire body
Immune system weakness holistic BW - stress release massage to the entire body
Impotency holistic BW or tantra massage to the entire body including the genital region
Infertility holistic BW or tantra massage to the entire body including the genital region
Insomnia stress release massage to the entire body
Lost or low libido holistic BW or tantra massage to the entire body including the genital region
Menstrual problems holistic BW massage to the entire body including deep abdominal massage and massage to the genital region
Menopausal problems holistic BW massage to the entire body including deep abdominal massage and the genital region
Migraine stress release massage to the entire body
Muscular dystrophy remedial massage to the entire body
Muscular injuries remedial massage to the entire body detailing the affected areas
Osteoarthritis remedial massage to the entire body detailing the affected areas
Pain in all forms remedial massage to the entire body detailing the affected areas
Parkinson's disease remedial massage to the entire body
Pregnancy relaxation massage to the entire body. Detailed massage and stretching of the genitals may facilitate delivery
Premature ejaculation holistic BW or tantra massage to the entire body including deep abdominal massage and the genital region
Raynaud's Disease remedial massage to the entire body
Rheumatoid arthritis remedial massage to the entire body detailing the affected areas
Sciatica remedial massage to the entire body detailing the affected area
Scoliosis remedial massage to the entire body detailing the affected areas
Spinabifida remedial / stress release massage to the entire body
Stress holistic BW or stress release massage to the entire body
Tendon and muscle tears remedial massage to the entire body with special care over the affected areas
Tension headaches remedial massage to the entire body
Torticollis remedial massage to the entire body detailing the affected area
Uterine repositioning holistic BW massage to the entire body including deep abdominal massage
Varicose veins remedial massage to the entire body with due care on the legs
Whiplash remedial massage to the entire body with attention to the neck and shoulders

This list is by no means complete,

 

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1 comment to Benefits of massage

  • Jan

    Massage is such a treat and I reckon good for pretty much everything. Personally it eases my tired body after intensive work and sometimes exercise, but it relaxes me back inside myself and leaving me rejuvenated. Initially I was shy but now I’ve gotten over the idea that parts of my body shouldn’t be seen or not touched, I insist on a complete full body massage including my belly and boobs. Of course some therapists can be a bit weird, but I’ve always found that if I tell them what’s what and specify what I want, I generally get a good massage

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