A MassageMag.com article discusses the findings of a study that The American Massage Therapy Association conducted on the benefits of their trade:
In celebration of National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW), held from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26, 2013, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has compiled research showing the benefits of massage therapy on symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.
The AMTA recently affirmed the associated benefits of massage and mental health, through a position statement on Massage Therapy for Anxiety, which state massage therapy can assist in reducing the symptoms of anxiety.
New York is one of the most important business and cultural hubs in the United States, ranking third in Gross State Product (trailing only Texas and California) in the country. Coupled with the fact that the state is home to some of the largest companies in the U.S., living in New York can be stressful for the state’s citizens. Because of this, many have sought the help of a skilled massage therapist in Long Island as a way to cope with the demands of everyday life.
In general, massage therapy can be an effective method for achieving relaxation. Here are a few other benefits that a Long Island massage therapy clinic can offer its patients:
Many people suffer from poor blood circulation, but do not realize it. Massage therapists can promote better blood flow in the body through techniques that apply pressure on areas where blood commonly congests, such as the limbs. This improved blood circulation can yield health benefits such as lower high blood pressure and more efficient oxygen delivery. Additionally, proper blood circulation promotes healthier cell growth, which can lead to a better immune system.
Repetitive motions and old age can cause joints to tighten. Regular massages can reduce this tension, improving a person’s flexibility and range of motion, as well as decrease the risk of injury. For this reason, several professional athletic teams hire massage therapists to treat their players.
For most people, pain or stress relief is the number one benefit of massage therapy. In fact, the AMTA study showed that many military veterans have reported reduced anxiety and depression since starting regular massage therapy.
With the different types of techniques, massage therapy offers numerous other benefits for the body. Since it is one of the easiest ways to unwind, individuals should not hesitate to consult an experienced massage therapist to find the best treatment for their wellness needs.
(From Support National Massage Therapy Awareness Week with Massage Research, Benefits, Massage Magazine, Published October 23, 2013)