The healing arts promote harmony between the mind, the body and the spirit. More than ever, people are choosing natural ways to prevent illness and reduce stress and pain due to stress, reduce medications and live healthier lives at optimal health. 90 % of all illness is stress related. Stress increases your risk of obesity, heart disease and depression. The benefits of the healing power of touch are numerous. Besides wonderful relaxation and stress relief, many people are noticing a reduction in illness, improved mental clarity, deeper sleep and an increased feeling of joy.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Paresthesias and nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.