Science and Massage

Scientific Research

More and more research is being conducted to determine the benefits of massage. Doctors who practice holistic medicine recommend it all the time. Why? Because over and over again, the research is proving that massage is good for you. It boosts your immune system, it lowers your blood pressure, it increases your levels of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes bonding, and the list goes on and on.

So why aren’t more people getting massage?

According to the 2014 AMTA Massage Profession Report:

Science proves that massage relieves tension

Massage Relieves Tension

“The percentage of adult American consumers who received a massage was stagnant at 16 percent in 2013, the same as 2012 and the average number of massages obtained went from 4.2 in 2012 to 4.1 in 2013. Approximately 34.9 million people had a total of 143 million massages in 2013, a 1.3 percent decline from the 145 million massages consumed in the U.S. by 34.5 million people in 2012. Although most age groups saw declines in use in 2013, those 18 to 35 and those 55 – 64 did see slight increases.”

With all the evidence provided by science that massage is not only relaxing, but also therapeutic and beneficial to one’s health, why aren’t more people getting massages? I don’t know. In my opinion, part of it is cost. The average cost of a massage in my area is around $60 for a one-hour session. Some people think of this as excessive, especially after the recent economic decline. People are afraid to spend money on things that they consider “non-essentials.” Also in my area, there are a lot of families trying to make ends meet with several kids and trying to save up for their future.

I get it.

But these same people will tell me to  “take care of yourself first” and they will be the first ones to “splurge” on getting that expensive mani/pedi. And that makes them feel all prettified and special. Good for them. But a massage is more than skin deep. It’s good for your HEALTH. You will be healthier and more relaxed and able to cope with the stress of life and less likely to catch the latest whatever thing is going around. Isn’t that better than pretty nails?

And I don’t know about other massage therapists, but I’m not making 100% of the money I charge for a massage. I have to keep my business running, and that costs money.

So go with the science! Get a massage and be good to yourself.

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