The benefits of massage are many and varied, depending on the individual’s needs. These include but are not limited to helping with or relieving:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
- Age related ailments such as joint pain and arthritis
- Pain relief
- High blood pressure
Beyond the benefits for specific medical conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Massage is generally considered to be “alternative medicine,” but is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Studies demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension, even in Cancer patients. Here is a link to some studies: https://www.massagemag.com/research-studies/ Another benefit (from my own experience) is that people taking pain medications can often reduce their intake by as much as 50%. I took part in a clinical study in the USA where 50 patients received regular massage and compared to their counterparts with similar conditions and drug intakes not receiving massage the majority reduced their medications by 50%.
I myself have worked with many clients including sufferers of Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Scoliosis, post Cardiac arrest and age related complaints. These types of massage differ considerably from working with sportspeople or other fit and healthy individuals, with whom I also work.
I specialise in not only medical massage, but relaxation massage, sports massage and – as needed – energy work similar to Reiki. This I usually only use for clients with chronic fybromyalgia or similar where touch is uncomfortable to them.