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The Effects of Massage

Following a therapeutic massage at Elite Massage Academy in Woodland Hills, specific physiological and chemical changes occur throughout the body. As a result, you experience stress relief, you're more relaxed, your circulation has been improved, toxin buildup removed, your blood pressure is lowered/stabilized, your muscles are more limber and flexible, you're clearer of mind and your body has been prepped to fight sickness. In short, you're healthier after the massage than you were before it.

Research shows that the effects of massage are wide-ranging and more profound than we thought possible:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak airflow
  • 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

Research continues to demonstrate the effects of massage - through touch - when treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, injuries from sports and accidents, and tension relief from modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing massage therapy and it's becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units.

Here's the beauty of massage: not only does each session feel great but the therapeutic benefits of massage are compounded when massage is utilized as a frequent therapy. The more massage therapy sessions you have, the healthier you feel and are.

The effects of massage are also apparent in these examples from research and anecdotal evidence:

  • When Tiffany Field, a professor of pediatrics, became a new mother, she massaged her premature infant daughter and was so impressed with the results she later founded the Touch Research lnstitute (TRl) at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Massage, it tums out, builds immunity, lowers blood pressure, and helps people with a range of conditions from premenstrual syndrome to pain relief from arthritis, burns and even surgery.
  • Medical school students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School who were massaged before an exam showed a significant decrease in anxiety and respiratory rates as well as a significant increase in white blood cells and natural killer cell activity, suggesting a benefit to the immune system.
  • Preliminary results suggested cancer patients had less pain and anxiety after receiving therapeutic massage at the James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Women who had experienced the recent death of a child were less depressed after receiving therapeutic massage, according to preliminary results of a study at the University of South Carolina.
  • Office workers who are massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren't massaged.
  • Massage therapy decreased the effects of anxiety, tension, depression, pain, and itching in burn patients.
  • Abdominal surgery patients recovered quicker after massage.
  • Premature infants who were massaged gained more weight and fared better than those infants who weren't.
  • Autistic children showed less erratic behavior after massage therapy.
  • According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage helps us both physically and mentally.