Massage therapies stretch and loosen muscles, improve the flow of oxygen, and stimulate the release of the body’s natural painkillers known as endorphins. Thus, therapies can treat lower back pain, sports-related injuries, and repetitive-use injuries associated with labor-intensive occupations. Massage therapies also increase the rate of healing, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure.
Massage therapies reduce stress, promote better sleep, and reduce anxiety as well as mental fatigue. In many cases, massage improves concentration and clear thinking.
Massage therapies may lessen anxiety, create a sense of well-being, and ease the discomfort associated with some health conditions, especially mild depression.