Why Massage Therapy?

By: PowerPecs - March 20, 2009

Why You Should Consider Getting Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is a form of bodywork that involves the manipulation of soft tissue that affects several systems of the body simultaneously. These systems include the muscular, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Massage Therapy works by directly affecting these systems through the use of specific techniques. There are many reasons why people seek out talented massage therapists.

Perhaps most importantly, massage therapy helps in developing, maintaining and improving the physical functions of a person’s body. Massage has been shown to improve the range of motion in joints and to reduce pain. Physical pain is the root cause of most physical dysfunctions of the body. Left untreated, pain can cause a person to compensate in some way because it seemingly alleviates the pain. Many people fail to realize as this compensation occurs, other muscles become tense from overworking. This can force the body out of balance and, in turn, negatively affect posture and the function of the body. One way massage helps to alleviate pain is by increasing the levels of endorphins, a natural neurochemical that regulates pain in the body. As the level of endorphins increases, the sensation of physical pain decreases.
massage therapy helps in developing, maintaining and improving the physical functions of a person’s body.

Another benefit of massage is that it improves circulation in the body. Massage stimulates blood and lymphatic flow helping to pump more oxygen into tissues and vital organs and to reduce toxins. Some forms of massage therapy can assist in reducing edema, swelling caused by fluid trapped in body tissues.

Massage Therapy is well known for its ability to ease stress. Studies have shown that ninety percent of disease is, in part, caused by stress on the body. Massage breaks the cycle of fear and anxiety resulting in a sense of well-being. Additionally, massage diminishes social feelings of depression through mindful touch and helps improve quality of sleep.

Most people feel very relaxed after a massage session, and some experience freedom from long term aches and pains. People often experience heightened awareness, more energy and greater concentration which can last for days after their session. In short, massage therapy helps improve the physical function and circulation of the body and assists in decreasing stress levels and creating a sense of well-being.

Article by: S. Powers

About the Submitter


I'm a massage therapist and a supervisor of a ski resort who recently moved to Salt Lake from the midwest and so far I'm loving it. I reside in the Sugarhouse district and spend a lot of time in the mountains and Park City. I love spending time outdoors...biking, skiing, hiking, climbing and there are quite a few more I'd like to try, such as paragliding. This winter I was truly a "ski bum", skiing over 70 days and at one point skied 28 days straight while working full time. The season is over but I was happy to get out there twice more in the begining and end of May. There are still small patches of snow and we've been teased with some flurries near Jupiter in Park City but the new season is still a ways off. In the meantime I've been working out and going on some extreme hikes and a lot of short hikes. I've also been spending some time at Momentum climbing gym in preparation for a few more outdoor adventures this summer. Overall, I've discovered one of the best ways to enjoy life is to get out and experience it.

Public Comments

  • By: proctor

    Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 2:11pm

    I have benefited so much from deep tissue massage. It isn't for delicate people, so definitely go for a Swedish massage if you want the benefits of massage without the pounding of a deep tissue massage.

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