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Sports Massage for General Well-being

Massage is deceptively simple but powerful. It has been practised in one form or another for thousands of years. Today it is recognized increasingly as a powerful aid to the body's own healing mechanisms, promoting health and well-being. Massage has evolved from a combination of eastern and western traditions.

Massage is a natural way of maintaining the vital human connection of touch. It also has many health benefits, a major application being in relaxing & relieving stress. In addition it is a powerful healing tool that enhances physical and emotional health, as it improves the circulation of nutrients to the body and encourages the body to heal itself, physically and emotionally. With this approach the whole person is treated, rather than the symptoms.

According to published studies, massage therapy clearly reduces various types of stress. For example, children who survived hurricane Andrew benefited from massage in a way that it decreased their levels of depression, anxiety and the stress hormone cortisol.

Preschool children who are massaged by their parents show better behavior, fall asleep sooner and have more restful nap periods.

In adults, massage combined with music therapy and other relaxation techniques significantly reduce the levels of fatigue, depression, as well as increased energy. Massage has also been demonstrated to lower blood pressure and anxiety levels in adults suffering from hypertension.

One of the more common pain related complaints is back pain in adults. Most back pain is most likely caused by muscle strain and bodily over extending, as well as poor posture and bad movement habits. Often, it's difficult to get a clear diagnosis for back pain. Research study has shown that massage therapy can be very effective in relieving lower back pain. Your therapist can also counsel you on ways to adjust your posture and moving habits.

Another common by-product of stress is fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) which is a painful condition in 11 or more specific tender spots throughout the body. Massage is one of the best treatments for fibromyalgia syndrome. After a series of treatments, sufferers showed decreased pain and anxiety as well as stronger posture. In general, massage can help FMS sufferers by relaxing them any releasing the stress that aggravates this condition, as well as supporting them emotionally because FMS often has a strong emotional factor and is common in cases of physical and psychological abuse.

Sleep deprivation has also become a modern epidemic, a nearly half of us suffer from insomnia or other sleep related disorders. Aside from getting more sleep, regular massage is excellent for fatigue and getting a massage on a regular basis will eventually bring back your body and your circulation up to speed so it can then become more vigorous.

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