There’s no denying the power of bodywork, especially a good massage. It can be pampering, rejuvenating, or therapeutic, either way massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.

Most experts agree that many diseases are stress related and that high stress has been linked to faster aging. It’s somewhat unrealistic in this fast-paced world to eliminate anxiety and pressure altogether, but massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:

* Decreased anxiety.
* Enhanced sleep quality.
* Greater energy.
* Improved concentration.
* Increased circulation.
* Reduced fatigue.

After a massage, it’s typical to have clearer a sense of perspective and clarity. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Profound Effects
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes run throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:

* Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
* Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
* Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
* High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
* Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
* Preterm infants have improved weight gain.

Research continues to show the incredible benefits of healing touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. The medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.


Author's Bio: 

Beth Aldrich, mother of three, is an Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach, writer and public speaker, She is the publisher of,, the online magazine for women and is the host of the Seattle and online radio show, A Balanced Life with Beth Aldrich. Her favorite treat is chocolate cream pie!