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Benefits Of Massage
Benefits of Massage
Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself.  

Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain * Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication * Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion * Assists with labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication*

Physical Effects of Massage
Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation * Helps relieve muscle tension, stiffness, and spasms * Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments * Reduces pain and swelling * Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue * Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion * improves posture * Enhances athletic performance * Promotes deeper and easier breathing * Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids * Reduces blood pressure * Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eyestrain * Enhances health and nourishment of skin * Strengthens the immune system * Soothes aching overworked muscles* Promotes more restful sleep *

Mental Effects of Massage
Fosters peace of mind; promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness * Helps relieve mental stress; reduceslevels of anxiety * Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity * Satisfies needs for caring, nurturing touch*

 A Little History About Massage

Massage as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. Touching or rubbing is a natural human reaction to pain and for conveying compassion and support.Massage is one of the earliest remedial practices of humankind and is the most natural and instinctive means of relieving pain and discomfort, Stop and think about the last time you bumped your head or had a pain or sore spot. What did you do? You Rubbed it, Right? The same was true of our earliest ancestors. Massage has been a major part of medicine for at least 5,000 years. Since 500 B.C. authors have written extensively about massage in medical books .In the British Museum , records reveal that the Chinese practiced massage as early as 3000 B.C. Massage entered Japan around the 6th century A.D The Ayur-Veda (Art of Life) a sacred book of the Hindus written approximately 1800 B.C. included massage treatments. The practice of massage spread to Europe and is thought to have flourished well before 300 B.C. Asclepius, a Greek priest-physician who lived in the seventh century said to have combined exercise and massage to treat disease and promote health.Herodotus Hippocrates known as the father of medicine (460-380B.C.) thought that all physicians should be trained in massage as a method of healing. Celsus who lived during the reign of Emperor Tiberius (about 42 B.C.- A.D. 37) and was considered one of the most eminent Roman physicians wrote extensively on many subjects including massage. Islamic Persian philosopher/physician Rhazes or Razi (A.D. 860-932) a folower of Hippocrates and Galen and a prolific writer wrote several books which included massage in the treatment of disease and the preservation of health.