Massage benefits are real!

Having your honey rub your back is sweet, but it’s tough to compete with the hands of a pro. A good massage therapist can make you feel like a new person. Research suggests massage can ease insomnia, boost immunity, prevent PMS, and more. Maybe that’s why hospitals are making it a standard therapy.

Our advice: Enjoy your hands-on time with your sweetie, but set aside some time for a real massage, too. Here is at least one reasons:

Goodbye, pain

It sounds like a no-brainer, but rubdowns are especially effective for aches like low-back pain. Researchers at the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, Washington, found that massage works better than common treatments including chiropractic therapy and acupuncture. It’s not clear why, but several studies show massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. Those changes slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and block your nervous system’s pain receptors. Massage also increases blood flow to the muscles, which may help them heal.

A bonus: Massage also seems to ease distress from migraine, labor pain, and even cancer, as well as the body tenderness seen with fibromyalgia!

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Massage can aid in pain relief

No matter how you look at it, pain is a part of life, and how you deal with pain can either enhance or diminish the quality of your life.

In 2006, the National Center for Health Statistics reported in a spe­cial feature in their Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans that more than one-quarter of Ameri­cans over the age of 20 report hav­ing experienced pain persisting more than 24 hours, and adults age 45-64 are most likely to suffer or complain of pain.

One of the things we know from re­search on massage therapy is mas­sage can help relieve pain. In addi­tion to helping fibromyalgia patients, massage therapy can be used to re­duce pain associated with many con­ditions, including carpel tunnel, lower back pain, headaches, leg pain, mus­cle cramps and tension.