Massage Awareness Week

Posted on October 7, 2013 By

The American Massage Therapy Association has declared the week of October 21-26 to be Massage Awareness Week. During that week, they are likely to promote all sorts of events designed to help let people know why massage is good for you. That reminded me that many people are unaware that massage therapy has real health benefits.

Some people think that massage is a luxury – that it’s just for pampering and rich folks. (Au contraire!) Others may think that massage is useful only as part of soft-tissue therapy during rehabilitation after an injury or some kinds of surgery. While massage is useful as part of rehabilitation therapy, and some forms can be a wonderful way to pamper yourself, massage brings a lot more than rehab and pampering to the table. Regular massage can boost your immune system, reduce the negative affects of stress, improve sleep, and even improve your body’s response to exercise. Scroll down to learn more

I’d like to invite you to celebrate the good that massage does while joining AMTA in celebrating Massage Awareness Week.

Between now and October 20, 2013 – if you book an appointment for massage (or other bodywork) with me at Personal Performance for the week of October 21-26, you’ll receive the following benefits:

1) a wonderful massage or bodywork experience
2) $5.00 off your massage session. New clients will get an additional $5.00 off any 30 minute session, or $10.00 off any 60 minute session.
3) a chance to win an even bigger discount on your massage in a raffle.

Raffle Prizes

1 FREE Massage
2 Massages will be half price
3 25% off coupons for future massages
4 $10.00 off coupons for future massages

Call 217-337-4313 to schedule your appointment.

If you make your appointment after October 20, you’ll still get the fabulous massage experience, and, if you are able to book during Massage Awareness Week, you’ll still receive a discount on your massage, but you’ll miss out on the chance to win that free massage.

Benefits of Massage and Bodywork

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals notes that “clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.”

The Mayo Clinic reports that “studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.”   Studies on the benefits of massage have found that massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Low Back Pain
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain”

Additional studies reveal that regular massage is effective at

  • decreasing stiffness and pain and increase range of motion for people with osteoarthritis
  • improving the quality of sleep
  • boosting the immune system
  • reducing the severity of PMS symptoms

 

See also Huffington Post

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