Massage can do so much good for your body...
* Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
* Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
* Ease medication dependence.
* Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow?the body's natural defense system.
* Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
* Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
* Improve the condition of the body's largest organ?the skin.
* Increase joint flexibility.
* Lessen depression and anxiety.
* Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
* Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
* Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
* Reduce spasms and cramping.
* Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
* Release endorphins?amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
* Relieve migraine pain.
Read more at http://www.massagetherapy.com/learnmore/benefits.php
I agree wholeheartedly and not from just what I have heard, but from my experience. Because of injuries, I got hooked on pain meds and decided to change my life. I went back to school to be a massage therapist, knowing this had helped me alot. Now, I am 50 and will graduate in May. I finished school in December. Another very interesting thing that I specialized in and took extra classes was child infant developmental massage, and pregnancy massage. I have so much joy to nurture that young woman about to experience a miracle in her life. And to give seminars on Child Developmental Massage. You would be amazed at the results of some of these studies.