Anam Massage
Massage Therapist, Groton, MA; Ashling Keating LMT

Benefits of Massage


What is massage?

Massage is a "hands on" treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles  and other soft tissues of the body to improve health and well being. Varieties  of massage range from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and other soft  tissues to deeper manual techniques. Massage has been practiced as a healing  therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps relieve  muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage  affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the  musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems. Source: University of Maryland Medical Center

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:

  • 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. 


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