Did you know that massage therapy is one of the oldest forms of health care if not the oldest? Massage therapy can actually be dated back to about 2000 B.C.! Hippocrates was the first in Greek Medicine to describe the medical benefits of massage. Paintings have been discovered on Egyptian tombs that show people being massaged. Massage has cultural roots in Chinese, Indian Herbal and Persian medicine.
What is truly fascinating is that massage is instinctive to all of us. When you hit your elbow or shin, the first thing you do is rub it to make it feel better. Our subconscious knows instinctively what to do to make the pain go away. And that is amazing!
Almost everyone knows that massage helps with muscle soreness, cramping and spasms. But there are a lot of benefits that people are unaware of.
Increase circulation which enhances your immune system.
Stimulates the nerve supply in muscles which improves muscle tone.
Improves the elasticity of skin which promotes skin rejuvenation.
Breaks up scar tissue.
Increases the production of endorphins, the body's natural pain killer.
Improves sleep and calms the mind.
Lowers blood pressure.
Lessens depression and anxiety.
Creates body awareness.
Helps those who are wheel chair bound by increasing circulation and muscle tone.
Has been shown to help premature babies gain weight faster therefore being released from the hospital sooner.