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The Secret Benefits of Massage

The Easiest Way to Combat Stress & Fight Fat


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    First, I am a massage therapist, and I truly believe in what massage therapy is capable of doing. And, in believing such, I decided to research many of the theories out there about what massage does. I am also a psychology student at a Wisconsin college.

    I recently presented about Massage and it's effects on anxiety at a Massage Therapy Foundation conference in Seattle in May. Yes, massage decreases anxiety and stress levels. Your nervous system activity is lower when you are getting a massage than when you are just laying down. It does not, I repeat does NOT directly affect cortisol, but of course, when you are getting massages you don't feel as much stress, and therefore the levels in your body go down. It also makes your muscles more relaxed around your joints, therefore making you just a little taller than you were when you laid down, and probably looking a little thinner because things are more spread out in the way they are supposed to be.

    I would be very interested in seeing whether massage helps with a weight-loss plan. (Everyone reading this is surely saying, "I'd be a subject!!" Caught you!) I started a team that I would very much like to use to collect data, if anyone is interested. Massage Professionals. This is not just people who do massage, but who are professionals at getting them too! Come join if you would like to help me!
  • I've been in PT and one of the things they have been doing is massage. They told me about a tool cald Theracane where you can massage yourself in places where you can't reach. It also helps with the tender points of fibromyalgia. Some Insurance Companies will help pay for it. They're cheaper to buy on line. I,ve been getting Dr. prescibed massages for years!
  • If you don't think you can afford a massage, think again.

    Search for massage schools, they often have clinics that fill up quickly but you can get a massage by a student whom is almost done for nearly half the cost! I pay $28 for a full hours massage and it feels great.
  • LIN0808
    I have a deep tissue massage twice a month. I have had back surgery and both knees replaced in the last 10 years. As I am working to take off weight and improve my health, my massage therapist is working to relax the muscles and break down the scar tissue so I have a greater range of motion. Plus, what a treat for staying on track.
    I am almost done with massage school and I cannot tell you how many ways my life has improved from having regular therapeutic massage. Life is so much improved with this one act of self-care. Im proud that sparkpeople is also discussing some of the many benefits of massage. YAY! I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE!!!!!
  • I have greatly benefitted from massage. I had a shoulder problem that could have required surgery, and thanks to a great masseuse it is virtually 100% better.
    I go for twice monthly deep tissue massage as well as Curves three times a week. They both help my circulation and arthritis problems. Certainly wish they were covered under our insurance plan.
  • Oh yea, I love my monthly massages. I have a membership to Massage Envy and it so nice! A few years back I decided to join - I forgoed my gym membership (wasn't using it) and went for the massage membership. So worth it!
  • One of good reason why we need to have our hair wash and cut at hairdresser - back, shoulders, neck, head massage! It's quite good if not much time to spare, similar like 10-min workout :D Though, can't wait to try full body massage, a treat and hopefully, a destresser (is that a word?) :D
  • I am so happy to see this writing about massage. I am currently a massage therapy student in Oregon, yet should be getting licensed by the end of the year. Massage has been such a positive influence for me and all of my 'practice clients'. I heart massage :-)
  • I've been a juvenile diabetic for 14 years and have been struggling with the gradual weight gain in my middle. Although my physician has preached about diet and exercise for years, he has never once mentioned the benefits of massage or the link between stress and cortisol production... or the cortisol/insulin connection. I think I'll ask at my next check up for a referral to a physical therapist for massage!
  • For all those equally on a tight budget: just get a friend or partner to get interessted in massage with you. I got great massage books from the library and the internet offers a lot of video tutorials which are easy to follow.
    Of course this is not a professional massage which will help again medical conditions, but getting a scalp massage or shoulder neckline one...hhhhmmmm.... just as relaxing!
    My love and I now regularly bet when we have different opinions on a subject and the stake is always a different type of massage.
    I am actually going to school at Carlson College of Massage therapy right now here in Iowa. I am so happy with the program and your right..... this is a great way of relaxation... I recieve and give a massage almost everyday. This is a great way of relaxation and it is a great benefit to any one who were to try it... Take it from.. i guess you can say... and expert..(ameautur)
  • My thoughts on massage....aaahhhh.....good for the body...good for the heart...good for all....good for me~
  • BEE171
    I have fibromyalgia and massage works better than any medicine ever dreamed of during a flare. I know it seems crazy that when your skin is so sensitive to the slightest touch to actually be massaged, but it works!

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