Science Proving Massage Works

Check out this article “How Massage Heals Sore Muscles” by New York Times writer Nicholas Bakalar. Research like this is being discussed amongst massage therapists all the time but its wonderful to see it promoted in such a main stream publication and targeted for the client and not the therapist.

Research has determined that “With massage, you can have your cake and eat it too—massage can suppress inflammation and actually enhance cell recovery.” It also states that taking a pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication will decrease inflammation and pain but will keep the body from healing itself with cell recovery. Of course, there are times when you have to stop the pain quickly and get through your day but so many of us forget that the body has built in mechanisms to heal itself as long as we take the time to nurture it with things like massage and good nutrition. I beg all my clients to take a minute for themselves and do some self-care. If we keep feeding into this fast paced society,it will only get faster and more impossible to survive.

The article also points out that massage can be done easily and inexpensively at home. I often teach my clients simple techniques they can use after they leave my office. Massage comes naturally to everyone. You know to rub a calf muscle that is cramping or massage your face when your sinuses are inflamed or congested. Then you are doing self-massage and it works.

So see a massage therapist as often as you can to help your body heal itself and learn some techniques you can use at home.

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