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The Benefits of Massage

Massage has been practiced by humans for as long as we have had hearts and hands to transmit touch, caring, nurturing, and healing. It is instinctual, and we are designed to give and receive this kind of touch to stay healthy. In “Hands on Research: The Science of Touch”, an article by Dacher Keltner, the author tells us:

There are studies showing that touch signals safety and trust, it soothes. Basic warm touch calms cardiovascular stress. It activates the body’s vagus nerve, which is intimately involved with our compassionate response, and a simple touch can trigger release of oxytocin, aka “the love hormone.”

Touch heals. Focused, intentional, mindful touch is the most effective and simplest form of healing and prevention of illness there is. This has always been true, and in our age of highly sophisticated medical technology and scientific knowledge and advancements, this simple, no-tech offering is still the most effective way to stay healthy and to encourage healing when illness or imbalance does arise.

Many cultures on the planet have highly developed forms of massage, which are integrated into holistic health philosophies and used widely by professionals as well as in families and communities. Westerners are finally catching on. In the last 10+ years, the popularity of massage in the US has grown very rapidly. Due to the clearly proven efficacy of massage in the treatment of many modern day health concerns, scientists are now taking massage, as well as other forms of touch very seriously, and many recent studies have been done which continue to provide support for the effectiveness of massage in healing and wellness. Professional associations have experienced rapid growth as massage as a respected professional endeavor is more widely recognized by the mainstream population.

Regular massage is a gift of self care that can be deeply supportive to one’s health and well being. Arcata Healing Arts Center offers many massage modalities to the community, and invites everyone to explore the endless benefits of massage for themselves.

Proven Health Benefits of Massage:

  • Relieves stress and anxiety

  • Encourages relaxation

  • Improves posture

  • Increases circulation

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Relaxes muscles

  • Improves flexibility and range of motion

  • Promotes deeper, easier breathing

  • Strengthens immune system

  • Supports post-op recovery

  • Improves healing after injury

  • Increases overall vitality

  • Facilitates easier pregnancy and childbirth

  • Supports fertility

  • Enhances physical and mental well-being

  • Feels good!

  • Supports feelings of contentment and happiness

  • Increases feeling of connection with self and others

  • Supports sense of peace and self-awareness

  • Increases focus and concentration

  • Increases sense of trust

  • Relieves depression

  • Supports healing for ADHD and PTSD

  • Increases levels of feel good hormones in bloodstream and brain

  • Assists with integration of body, mind, and emotions


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