- Helps to improve and increase systemic circulation throughout the body
- Helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells
- Increases lymphatic flow that helps to remove toxins from the body
- Increases venous flow towards the heart
- Reduces stress by relaxing muscles
- Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system responsible for bringing the body to a state of relaxation
- Increases serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, hormones responsible for regulating moods i.e. great for alleviating depression
- Increases range of motion in joints
Under the NYS law, massage should not be performed during:
- High fever as it can exacerbate the condition
- A cause of pain whether locally or throughout the body is unknown
- Areas of recent strains or sprains
- Consumption of heavy alcohol or drug abuse
- First trimester of pregnancy
- Areas of DVT or thrombosis
Stats on Massage and Healthcare from 2009 AMTA Surveys
Thirty-two percent of Americans get massages for medical and health reasons, according to the 13th annual consumer survey sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®), compared to 31 percent last year.Twenty-five percent of Americans ages 35-44 have talked to their doctor or healthcare provider about massage therapy this year, compared to 14 percent in 2008. Seeking a massage for medical or health reasons is now tied with relaxation and stress reduction as the top reasons why Americans get massages. Of those who discussed massage therapy with their doctors, 52 percent say their doctor strongly recommended/ encouraged them to get a massage.
Eighty-six percent of Americans agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
Eighty-five percent of people agree that massage can be beneficial to your health and wellness.
Massage therapy for stress reduction
- This year, 32 percent of Americans said they got a massage for stress and/or relaxation in the last five years; compared to 36 percent last year.
- Fifty-seven percent of Americans say they are more stressed this year than they were a year ago.
Massage therapy and Income
- Forty-seven percent of those making $35,000 to $50,000 a year say they have considered massage to manage stress.
- Thirty-four percent of those making less than $35,000 a year got massage for medical/health reasons. This group is the second largest income bracket of those who had a massage for medical/health reasons.
- Forty-nine percent of those making $75,000 to $100,000 choose massage for medical or health reasons.
- Older Americans are most likely to seek massage for its medical and health benefits rather than for relaxation or stress reduction
- Among those who have had a massage in the last five years, 41 percent of those over 65 years of age and 41 percent of those between the ages of 55 and 64 received their last massage for medical or health reasons.
- In contrast, only 13 percent of those over 65 and 28 percent of those ages 55 to 64 had massage for relaxation/stress reduction.
Massage considerations and recommendations
- Fifty-seven percent of 35-44 year olds who had a massage in the previous 12 months have considered massage to manage stress.
- Sixty-two percent of Americans have or would recommend massage therapy to a relative or someone else they know
Massage Education Links
Massage: It’s Real Medicine – Increase Alertness,Immunity, Serotonin, and Delta waves! Decrease PMS symptoms
Massage: A relaxing method to relieve stress and pain – Mayo Clinic Article
Massage Go Bad – Post Massage possible negative effects..
Massage for Arthritis – Stop the pain cycle and increase standard of lifeNCCM @ NIH
Massage Therapy as CAM – Induction of massage as national recognized healthcare under the umbrella of Complementary Alternative MedicineTouch Research Institute
Massage Therapy Research – from Arthritis to Sleep
Dr Eddie Gorecki – www.www.energychironyc.com.com
(Versed in a range of traditional chiropractic techniques, Dr. Gorecki incorporates other holistic care approaches including Medical Intuitive energy work, Applied Kinesiology, and Nutrition Response Testing to treat all aspects of a patient’s health. Practicing for more than 10 years, he is experienced in treating common conditions like disc bulges, pinched nerves… and just authentic!)
Brad Teasdale – www.medicinehandsmassage.com
(incorporate indigenous plants and ayurvedic based healing mediums with thai massage. wonderful!)
Ben Fleisher – www.benfleisher.com
(zero balancing practitioner and soon to be acupuncturist; founded YogaLocal)
Kula Yoga Project Ariel, Annie, Benn, Marisa S, Nikki www.kulayoga.com
(powerful group of alignment strengthening based yoga instructors. highly recommend)
Genny Capuler Studio www.gennykapuler.com
(esoteric, discussion focused Iyengar classes held in Genny’s amazing Soho apt)
Yoga Union Center by Alison West www.yogaunionbackcare.com
(true focused yoga for scoliosis)
East Wind Healing Arts by V Rojanavongse, M.S., L.Ac – www.aikipuncture.com
(Japanese style, gentle yet holistically effective)
Gotham Acupuncture by Steve Pang,L.Ac – www.gothamacupuncture.com
(A go to practitioner for referrals)
Luke Hamilton LAc – www.lukehamiltonacupuncture.com
(Sports alignment and chinese medicine focused, Personal Trainer )
People Tree Wellness by Mona Chopra, M.S., L.Ac – www.peopletreewellness.com
(Yoga & acupuncture )
Giovannni Maciocia – www.giovanni-maciocia.com
(Master text guide)
Jeffrey Maitland, Ph.D. – www.jeffreymaitland.com
Amazing ethnobotanist Dr.Mark Plotkin – www.amazonteam.org