Massage Therapy is an ancient art recognized by the general public, the health care industry, the corporate world, and insurance companies. It is used to bring clients to a deeper level of relaxation, improve health, address pain management issues, prevent injuries, restore a healthy immune system, improve work production, enhance physical fitness, and facilitate overall wellness.

Massage therapy is more than relaxing “me-time.” Research has shown the physical, and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. Some of the general benefits of massage therapy may include:

  • Physical relaxation
  • Improved circulation, which nourishes cells and improves waste elimination
  • Relief for tight muscles (knots) and other aches and pains
  • Release of nerve compression (carpal tunnel, sciatica)
  • Greater flexibility and range of motion
  • Relieve headaches
  • Promote easier breathing
  • Enhanced energy and vitality

Many people every day suffer from depression or high blood pressure. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression. As a student, massage can greatly reduce stress and even increase alertness and brain power, according to a 1996 Touch Research Institute (TRI) study.

So if you’re feeling stressed or overanxious or if you’re suffering from headaches and other ailments, consider getting a massage to ease these pains. However, if you want to help ease the pains of others, consider coming to the The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP) Massage Therapy school. Graduates of CHCP’s massage therapy school will be prepared for licensing in Texas and eligible for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork credential. Click to learn more about the massage therapy school at CHCP.