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The Secret Benefits of Massage

The Easiest Way to Combat Stress & Fight Fat


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I get the benefits described in this article from the massages I have. I don't think of it as a pampering thing, but part of a holistic approach to staying healthy. Report
I am a massage therapist and personally have witness the wonderful benefits of regular massages. The best part of my job is knowing that my clients are happy to see me on the way in and even happier on their way out. Stress relief is very important to general well being and good health. Some people take better care of their cars than their own bodies and it should not be that way. Do yourself a favor, invest in yourself! Massage is a necessity not a luxury these days! Report
Wonderful article! Anything that helps reduce stress and increases well-being in this stress-a-minute-get-it-all-done-yesterday world is extremely helpful.

As an MT, I provide chair massage for the workplace - but I'm also a regular table client and, yup... massage is wonderful! Report
I've had a total of massages all at the physio office. The first one really weirded me out (they have all been by ladies) as I felt real awkward with the whole thing but my physio (who was also female assured me it would be OK) well she sort of told a white lie as the next day I felt like I was RUN OVER BY A TRUCK but it did help. I know I have had comments that I get aLOT of knots in my muscles. It does help. I know that my physiotherapist noticed a dfference in the way I held my neck and head. Report
I reward myself by going for a therapeutic massage every few months. Wish I could afford it more often! :-) Report
I started getting massages just this year as a way to relax after a major illness. I was told to keep my stress level down. Whoa! What a difference massages make! It is well worth the time and money. Sure, you may have to search around to find a good therapist and reasonable prices; but it is well worth the effort. Check LivingSocial and Groupon specials to find places near you at introductory prices. Report
Well said TXBRANDI. I am a massage therapist myself, passionate about my work, and couldn't have said it better. Yes, massage therapy, emphasis on "therapy", is not just rubbing down your skin, so it comes with a price tag for a reason. We are thoroughly trained in understanding the body and contraindications to consider. People come in all shapes, ages, and medical conditions and treatments have to to be customized to their needs. Plus many therapists like myself are more experienced and trained in more complex modalities than others. Glad to hear that some of us can run 100 miles/wk, but then we have others who can barely walk. So please speak for yourself what works for you instead of bashing a well established, medically and worldwide recognized profession out of ignorance and maybe bad or lack of experience. Our money is most certainly hard earned and well deserved for the care, love and well-being we bring to our clients and patients! Report
I don't agree with the fact that all massages are a rip off! If I pay $50 or more and get what I call a "fluff & buff", then I might agree though! There are some therapists out there who do not have a natural talent or are doing it for the money or because they "thought" they would like it and they do nothing but rub the skin. If you get a good massage therapist, he or she will actually work out knots in the muscles in ways that a hot epsom bath or other things will just not do. They use "myofascial release" techniques that are proven to reduce the size of the knots. I know this from experience as I always have tons of knots! Nothing, and I mean nothing, helps me as much as a massage. I agree, it's expensive, but I was also a MT for 12 years & did mostly deep tissue, so I completely understand the charge. If you really work on your customers like you care, you, yourself can barely move at the end of a long day massaging people! You really have to give of yourself to be a good MT. If you are going to pay the money -find one who does the job correctly! Report
i believe that massages are very therapeutic for the body and mind especially if you are with an experienced practicioner. As a R.N., i have seen the benefit for both my patients and myself. Some people have health conditions that at this point in time don't allow them to run 100 miles a week or to be able to run at all. I certainly agree that exercise is an important cornerstone to being physically fit and remaining healthy however, massage can be an important cornerstone in the journery for optimum health. I have read about the "stick" or theracane and how beneficial that can be as well. I have not personally met anyone who has used it but I have read numerous great reviews about it. Report
Ok article, sure massages feel good and help you relax but such a rip off. The money you pay to get this done is just a waste if you ask me. I run 100 miles a week and I use to go and get massages until I realized what a marketing scam it was. I didn't see much benefits from getting them done.

I feel that you can get just as good benefits at home without giving away your good hard earned money to to someone who went to some massage school, please give me a break.

One you can take nice warm espsom salt baths at home which will help you relax and will do wonders for your muscles. 2. exercise more and that to me is the best way to have the body relieve stress, but people rather get a massage becuase that is the easy way of doing nothing thinking you are getting some type of benefit. Stretch more and go out and by yourself "the stick" you can use this at home to give yourself your own massage.

Unfortunately, I have Fibromyalgia, which sometimes make massages problematic. If the masseuse rubs hard enough to really stretch out the muscles, I'll be aching for a couple of days. But if the masseuse really takes it easy and doesn't rub hard enough to have any effect on the muscles, there's not much point to the massage. Unless I can get a masseuse who's really been trained well and is familiar with the fibro tender points, I tend to avoid massages. Which is a shame, because before the fibro got bad, I used to LOVE a good massage! Report
I absolutely love massages. I arranged for a massage therapy school to do free chair massages for staff last week as part of our wellness initiatives.

I was payed back by winning a free hour long professional massage at a 5K race on Saturday! Report
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! Report
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! Report
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. Report

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