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They release stress and anxiety: Modern life is full of stress, but massages make you feel calmer and more relaxed. If your life has you feeling overwhelmed, schedule an appointment with a massage therapist today.

They relieve pain: Messages relieve many forms of pain, including chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, fibromyalgia pain, pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and postoperative pain.

They reduce muscle tension: Muscle tension can lead to muscle pain, back pain, and stiffness. Getting a massage relaxes your muscles, helping to alleviate these symptoms and leaving you feeling looser and happier.

You exercise better after a massage: If you work out or participate in a sport, a massage can put you at your peak performance.

They help you sleep better: If you suffer from insomnia, or just have been feeling tired lately, a relaxing massage can help you get the rest you need.

They improve your heart health: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of deaths in Americans. But by reducing stress and improving your circulation, messages can make your heart healthier.

They improve balance in older people: Misaligned joints and stiff muscles can cause older people to feel off-balance, which can cause pain and difficulty walking, and put them more at risk for falls. A massage can improve balance for a short period of time, and regular massages can have longer-term effects.

They improve flexibility and range of motion: If you’re struggling to touch your toes, a massage can improve your flexibility by reducing pain and muscle stiffness.

They help people with cancer: Cancer patients can benefit from messages. Cancer treatment is extremely stressful, and massages can help alleviate that stress. Additionally, massages may help reduce the nausea that results from chemotherapy.

They reduce headaches: If you experience frequent tension headaches, or even migraines, the frequency of these headaches will decrease after a massage.

They improve your mental health: Just by reading the other health benefits on this list, you can probably see how a message can be great for your mental health. If you’re sleeping well, feeling good during exercise, less stressed, pain- and tension-free, and just feeling overall healthier, your mental health will improve. And for older patients, regular massages can even temper the effects of dementia.

They boost your immunity: People who get massages are less likely to fall ill when cold and flu season hits the workplace, by reducing risk factors such as stress and insomnia, and increasing levels of oxytocin in the blood which has an impact on mood.