Benefits of Massage

In a Newsweek article entitled The Magic of Touch, the advantage of frequent massage are considered.  The following excerpts help to answer the question, “How often?”

“A weekly massage may be seen as an indulgence, but new research suggests that it can have major health benefits …”

“Scientists are now finding that massage can reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, dampen harmful stress hormones and raise mood elevating brain chemicals such as serotonin. And you can’t beat massage for relaxation.  Babies fall asleep faster when massaged than when rocked – and they stay asleep, rather than waking the moment Mom tiptoes away.  All these factors, says Tiffany Field, founder of the Touch of Research Institute of the University of Miami’s School of Medicine, ‘put massage in the same category with proper diet and exercise as something that helps maintain overall health.”

Like exercise, massage does more for you in you engage in it regularly … even a monthly treatment can help maintain general health. ‘Touch is basic to survival,’ says Elliot Greene, past president of AMTA [American Massage Therapy Assn].  That’s all the excuse anyone needs to indulge.”

Remember, your body strives to maintain optimum health by keeping all of its systems in balance.  More …