The Mayo Clinic has posted an article (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743) in which they discuss some (of the many) benefits of manual massage. Although they are predictably careful in their presentation of such benefits (e.g.,”[M]ore research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage”), it is encouraging to read something that *is* conclusive: “Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.” That much, at least, is demonstrably certain. Here’s their (partial) list of what personal issues you may have that can benefit from massage:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
The actual list goes on. If you are one of the many people who still has not incorporated massage into your health and wellness program, please consider doing so, either with me or with any of the millions of practitioners around the world.
May you be healthy, happy, and loved.