Latest Research on the Benefits of Massage
You knew that massage was good for you – and now there’s a study to prove it.
A New York Times article (published on September 20, 2010 by Roni Caryn Rabin) reports on the effects of deep-tissue Swedish massage versus light massage. The study involved 53 healthy adults, divided into two groups - each receiving a 45 minute massage. One group received “standardized” Swedish massage and the second group received the same protocol, but the therapist exerted “light” touch.
Volunteers receiving the Swedish massage had significant decreases in the stress hormone cortisol and in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. They also had increases in the number of lymphocytes (white blood cells).
Volunteers who had light massage had greater increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment. They experienced larger decreases in adrenal corticotropin hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol.
The study results: a single session of massage causes biological changes that may impact the autonomic nervous system via endocrine signaling.
For some of you smart cookies, this study is the icing on the cake. You already knew that massage was good for you. For others, this study gives you plenty of room for thought. For me, all I can say is, “How is it that I’m never asked to partake in this kind of study?”
- Relieves stress and promotes relaxation
- Alleviates pain and tension
- Decreases inflammation
- Improves circulation
- Promotes speedy recovery from injuries (work, trauma, accident or sports-related)
- Increases mobility and provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
- Strengthens the immune system
- Relieves musculoskeletal problems and improves posture
- Relieves pregnancy discomforts
- Reduces anxiety and promotes a feeling of well-being
- Increases body awareness
In short, massage is not only relaxing; it’s actually good for you. Stay tuned for more on this subject…
My girlfriend recommended Red & White Spa for a facial. The esthetician was very professional and did a great job with extractions. I had neither redness nor puffiness afterwards. She suggested some products for home use but no pressure like in other salons. I will be back to see her again.
by ANNAMARY at Citysearch