A soothing, relaxing mind and body experience!
"Massage, referred to as therapeutic massage, is a series of movements along the superficial and deep layers of skin, muscle and organs of the body. These movements, applied with consistent depth and pressure, elongate muscle tissues that have contracted from overuse, lack of use, illness, injury and unhealthy lifestyles. This depth, torque and manipulation of the tissues has a global effect on the body. Clearing pathways and enhancing liquid movement enhances chemical and organ functions of human metabolism. This clearing increases circulation and relaxes muscle tissue. The University of Minnesota discusses the relaxation response that occurs when the heart rate slows, blood pressure lowers, stress hormones decrease and the muscles relax, all resulting from therapeutic massage." - Suann Schuster, PhD
"According to the National Certification Board of Massage Therapy & Bodyworkers, massage and bodywork affect every system of the body. Massage is an alternative therapy promoting health, preventing injury and illness, and speeding recovery. Today, 39 million American adults--more than one out of every six--get at least one massage each year, according to the group. Massage therapy is effective in relieving back pain, boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, treating migraines and reducing anxiety" - Suann Schuster , PhD
"The overall goal is to relieve stress and doing so is how the therapy works. Experts in the medical field attribute 80 to 90 percent of disease to stress." - David H. Woods "Massage Therapy - How It Works."
Your needs, budget and stress levels should determine the frequency. Massage has significant health benefits that are best experienced when you get massage regularly.