Jen Chan, Licensed Massage Therapist, BCTMB

Where massage therapy is a necessity, not a luxury...

Benefits of Massage

Massage is used today for treating a wide range of ages from babies to seniors - in a variety of intensive care, health club, and health clinic and hospital settings. To this day, massage is still used to treat various conditions such as premature birth, various types of cancer, AIDS, osteoarthritis, lumbar back pain, nerve damage, fibromyalgia, PTSD, frozen shoulder, paralysis, heart attack, and stroke.

 

#1 benefit of massage in my opinion…. Help reduce emotional and physical stress


Let’s be real.  Times are stressful these days. And we walk around going through the day holding all this stress.  If its money stress, family stress, work stress, relationship stress, stress in life (deaths, births, etc), we all deal with it one way or another.  It ages us faster, both internally and externally (Ask me about my Aunt and her breast cancer, RIP).  “Stress has been linked to all the leading causes of death, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, accidents and suicide. Almost 90 percent of all visits to primary health care providers are due to stress-related problems.” – Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. Massage is an extremely effective tool for managing all the stresses we deal with both acute stress and chronic.


Other benefits of massage include, but are not limited to….


- Increases circulation of blood and lymph fluids to all organs of the body

- Relief/reduction of muscle tension, muscle fatigue, muscle stiffness and pain

- Increased joint flexibility and range of motion (ROM)

- Faster healing time for pulled or overworked muscles

- Improved posture (#1 lower back pain cause)

- Reduces blood pressure

- Reduce levels of anxiety and depression

- Increases Energy

- Improves breathing and concentration

- Strengthens the immune system and the feeling of well-being

- Ease medication dependence

- Reduce spasms and cramping

- Helps relieve migraine pain

- Increases metabolism

- Promotes tissue regeneration

- Reduce post-surgery adhesions (scar tissue) and swelling.

- Releases endorphins — the body's natural painkiller.

- Help persons suffering from eating disorders

- Health maintenance


Honestly, words are just words.  Get on my table, and you will see and feel the difference a massage makes.  Get continuous massage, and you will wonder why you waited so long.  I prefer my clients to not tip me, and to get another massage as the tip.  The massage doesn't have to be with me...as long as you receive, I'm happy :)