Why Massage is Essential to Well-being

Touch Is Great!
Touch Is Great!

The laying on of hands is the original healing practice and is innate in humans. Even before we can speak, we know instinctively to touch where it hurts. Similarly, the practice of massage therapy and other hands-on healing modalities are essential to well-being and longevity.

The Touch Research Institute  (at the University of Miami) is dedicated to studying the effects of touch therapy. The TRIs have researched the effects of massage therapy at all stages of life, from newborns to senior citizens. In these studies the TRIs have shown that touch therapy has many positive effects. For example, massage therapy:

    1. Facilitates weight gain in preterm infants
    2. Enhances attentiveness
    3. Alleviates depressive symptoms
    4. Reduces pain
    5. Reduces stress hormones
    6. Improves immune function

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, roughly 34.5 million adult Americans received at least one professional massage therapy treatment between July 2011 and July 2012. Youth are even introduced to therapeutic massage for optimal performance in sports like fencing, basketball and football to name a few. So why is it that only 16% of adult Americans received the benefits of a therapeutic massage in the past year? Since doing so could literally improve the quality of life of every living being, what would it take for more people to allow healing touch into their lives? These are the questions I pose to you today.

Please use the comment section below to post your response. If you receive therapeutic massage but not on a regular basis, please share why not. I will post my thoughts in an upcoming blog. Thank you in advance for your input.

 

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