This blog was posted by Steph Lasch, LMT on StoneWater Massage & Skin Care’s website: http://www.stonewatermassage.com/blog/
1) People with chronic neck pain reported a 55 percent improvement after a regimen of 10 neck massages over 10 weeks. This is according to a 2009 study in the Clinical Journal of Pain. They even scored 39 percent better on the worst-sounding test ever, the Neck Disability Index, which measures the pain’s impact.
2) In a 2010 study from Sweden, one 80-minute hand and foot massage significantly
lowered people’s heart rates, cortisol levels, and insulin levels – all of which help lower stress. So, this means you don’t necessarily need a full body massage all the time!
3) In a 2009 meta-analysis in the Spine journal, it was determined that common massage techniques can help you relax, and trigger an endorphin release that raises your threshold for pain. Lower-back pain and general back problems can be complex – massage helps the back muscles relax.
4) A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that after people with normal blood pressure had deep-tissue massage for 45 to 60 minutes, their blood pressures fell – specifically, by an average of 104 millimeters of mercury systolic, and 5.3 mm/Hg diastolic.
5) The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found in 2010 that massage reduces stress hormone
levels, heart rate and blood pressure, and boosts mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin. Swedish, shiatsu and other massage eases depression!
6) For athletic performance, “musculotendinous” massages target muscle-tendon junctions. A 2010 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second round improved hip-flexor range of motion.
Massages are more than just indulgences. They’re proven health and mood treatments – fix it with massage!