BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
MUMS-2-B & BABY
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Extracts below are taken from Gerry Pyves originator of
NO HANDS® Massage
"Touch is..." and "An Ancient Formula....." booklets
I have copies of both booklets If you would like
to read them email me and collect them at your next
In addition I have several copies of Gerry's book
"Mavis and I" if any client would like to
read it. It is a engaging fictional story of a clients
hilarious healing journey through the world of Massage
Your immune system is your body's way of eliminating harmful
toxins and waste and is vital for your health and wellbeing.
Unlike your cardiovascular system lymph is pumped around
the body by muscular movement (that's why exercise is so
important for health). This study draws a direct affect
on Massage and how it improves the immune system.
"HIV infected children were provided with 20 minutes
of Massage a week over a 12 week period. These children
had no access to any of the retroviral drugs. The control
group played games.
The children who had Massage had a marked increase in their
production of the all important “Killer T cells”
– [These are white blood cells called lymphocytes
and identify, directly attack and destroy infectious agents
in the body and guard it from infection.] The authors of
this study concluded that: “Massage Therapy appears
to have a positive impact on immune function in HIV+ children
not receiving retroviral medications”
Study: “Massage Treatment in HIV-1
infected Dominican Children: A Preliminary Report on the
Efficacy of Massage Therapy to Preserve the Immune System
in Children Without Antiretroviral Medication” G.
Shor-Posner et al The Journal of Alternative and Complementary
Medicine. December 2004, Vol 10, No.6, pp 1093-1095
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter formed in the barin and essential
for the bodys central nervous system.
It is one of the natural mood enhancers produced by your
body. Being able to regulate your moods is important for
long-term mental health, emotions and relationships.
"Women with breast cancer were given regular Massage
therapy and the results clearly showed that they produced
higher dopamine levels. Dopamine is associated with good
mood. Just like the previous study, the researchers also
showed increased levels of natural killer cells and higher
lymphocyte count, the two measures of a healthy immune system.
Even more importantly, the women themselves reported feeling
less depressed, less angry and having more energy.
Interestingly, the fields of neurology (nerves and brain)
endocrinology (hormones) and immunity have all come together
over the last decade and there is now a very clear understanding
that all moods create chemical changes in our body. We are
now discovering that some of these chemicals – when
released persistently and repeatedly over a period of time,
are damaging to the body."
Study: “Natural Killer Cells and Lymphocytes
Increase in Women with Breast Cancer Following Massage Therapy”
M Hernan-dez-Reif, T Field et al International Journal of
Neuroscience 115(4)@ 495-510, April 2005
DEPRESSION & ANXIETY
Up to the 1940's Massage was used to treat depressed patients
in hospitals. It then declined in popularity with other
scientific advances in medications and was dismissed by
the medical community. However, it is now known that Massage
invokes parasympathetic activity (commonly known as rest/relax/restore)
the bodys natural way of calming the body after a short
period of stress or anxiety.
"A thoroughly scientific double-blind study tested
the effects of two 20 minute clothed Chair Massages per
week for pregnant women who were experiencing depression.
This went on for 16 weeks – and the Massage was actually
provided by their partners! 84 depressed pregnant women
participated with two control groups who did other activities
instead of receiving Massage.
The women in the Massage group had significantly raised
levels of serotonin and dopamine (associated with good mood)
and significantly decreased levels of cortisol and norepinephrine
associated with stress. Women in the control groups showed
no change. This is a remarkably clear scientific indication
of the power of touch to both help us deal with stress and
improve our mood. The women in the Massage group also reported
a significant decrease in depression, anxiety and physical
aches and pains. Even the newborns of the women in the Massage
group performed better. The authors concluded:
“Overall the findings suggest that Massage Therapy
is effective for reducing pregnant women’s stress
hormones, stressful mood states, leg and back pain and for
lessening obstetric and post-natal complication, hence improving
Study: “Massage Therapy Effects on
Depressed Women” T. Field et al Journal of Psychosomatic
Obstetrics and Gynaecology, June 2004 Vol 25, No. 2pp
Cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine and GH (growth hormone)
are the bodys natural stress hormones and are released to
enable the body to be alert and react to stressful situations
and environments. However, sustained periods of stress (long
and stress filled hours at work) mean that too much of these
hormones are secreted into the body could result in sleep
problems, digestive problems, depression, obesity, memory
impairment, heart disease and worsening of skin conditions
such as eczema and psoriasis.
"In this study 15 minutes of clothed Massage was
given to 35 members of a large manufacturing organisation
every week for six weeks. This Massage was offered in their
workplace. The scientific measurements used showed clearly
that Massage reduced stress and anxiety. Both the Massage
ground and the control group showed well above average stress
levels before the study. After the study the control group
remained the same. The Massage group displayed well below
average levels of stress."
Study:”The Effectiveness of Massage
Therapy Interventions on Reducing Anxiety in the Workplace”
K. A. Shulman & Jones Journal of Applied Behavioural
Science 1996 vol 32 Ptll pp160-175
We know that masage can aleviate some of the conditions
associated with ageing - relieving musle pain and stiffness,
improve blood and lymph circulation, encourage joint flexibility.
However there is another benefit for older clients to receive
Touch Therapy. I sometimes think we forget just how important
physical human contact is With many older people living
on their own they have little access to receiving hugs or
touch. Regular Massage is an excellent safe way to fill
this need, promote good physical and mental health and mood.
"A study tested the effects of Massage therapy on 50
older adults. Sessions were provided twice-weekly for four
consecutive weeks. The Massage group improved significantly
more than the control group on anxiety, depression, vitality,
general health, positive well-being, and a whole variety
of physical indicators.
The conclusion of this study was that Massage therapy has
positive effects on psychosocial and functional health in
older adults. This is “research-speak” for Massage
affecting all of the physical and mental aspects of our
life as we get older."
Study: Patricia A. Sharpe, PhD, LMT Prevention
Research Ctr, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health University
of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 firstname.lastname@example.org
SO WHY MASSAGE?
Some of you will recongnies the feelings you have on the
days leading up to your massage booking. They are filled
with "I can't wait I'm having a massage soon "
a smugness when you tell your colleagues you are going for
a Massage and on the day everything seems to revolve around
your session time (I know because I do exactly the same
when I go for my regular sessions!).
Sometimes it has been a while but as soon as you get onto
the couch and smell the oils your body breathes out and
you begin to relax before I've even laid an arm on you!
There are even times when I
have thought about renting the couch out by the hour because none of
my clients ever seem to want to get off
at the end of the Massage!
"A study of 37 studies into Massage. This one makes
very interesting reading because it gives us an overview
of so many other studies. Each study used had to compare
a Massage-therapy group with one or more non-Massage control
groups. The 37 studies selected for the analysis used a
total of 1,802 participants. Of these, 795 received Massage
therapy and 1,007 received a comparison treatment.
All of the 37 studies showed significant reductions in anxiety,
blood pressure, heart rate, depression and pain levels in
the massage group"
Study: University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign Department of Educational Psychology.
Authors: Christopher A. Moyer, James Rounds and James W.
Hannum. Originally published in Psychological Bulletin 2004,
Vol. 130, No. 1, pp 3-18