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By: Cantadora Naturopathic Heathcare  09-12-2011

Massage therapy is a healing art that involves the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and improve circulation. Massage therapy has proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, and depression.

Massage therapy has the ability to:

* Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
* Enhance immunity by stimulating lymphatic 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

It is estimated that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. Massage can, without a doubt, help to manage the stress of everyday living. This translates into:

* Decreased anxiety
* Enhanced sleep quality
* Greater energy
* Improved concentration
* Reduced fatigue

A massage commonly creates a sense of calm and clarity. The emotional balance that bodywork provides is as valuable as the physical benefits.

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