6 SURPRISING Benefits of Massage Therapy

  • By Rebekah Campbell
  • 19 Sep, 2017

Yes, massage therapy does help you relax. But it can do much more than that. Here are six healthy reasons to book an appointment:

6 SURPRISING Benefits of Massage Therapy

1. Counteract all the sitting you do every day

Beware Desk Workers and Drivers! Advanced forms of postural stress can manifest as pain or weakness in the lower back and gluteal muscles as a result of prolonged periods of sitting.

Most of us are dealing with some kind of postural stress. mOst often this stress shows up in the shoulders and neck area.”

Fortunately, massage can counteract the imbalances in our bodies that are caused from sitting, which means you can keep doing what you are currently doing for work as long as you schedule a regular massage.

2. Eases muscle pain

Do you have sore muscles? Massage therapy can help by improving and increasing circulation.

A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine , found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.

3. It soothes anxiety and depression

Human touch can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.

According to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, w omen diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry.

And, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry , found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.

4. It improves sleep

Massage encourages a restful sleep and it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.

Massages also help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed   according to research from the University of Warwick.

Most RMTs can do infant massage but parents can do this themselves. There is no specific technique, it comes naturally. Whatever a parent would normally do to soothe their baby will be effective.


5. It boosts immunity

in 2010 a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine  found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease).

6. It relieves headaches

The next time a headache hits you, book a last-minute massage. Massage therapy decreases severity and frequency of tension headaches.

Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.

7. And it feels great!
Add Reiki and Crystal Healing to your massage at Sundra Healing to maximize and enhance all of the benefits of your massage.

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By Rebekah Campbell 29 Nov, 2017

Cupping therapy can help reduce stress. Cupping therapy allows increase depth of treatment that can be achieved with less effort than traditional methods alone. Cupping therapy allows more body area to be covered in less time therefore allows for better overall results.

Dynamic cupping is a massage technique that uses soft silicone cups no fire or heat is used with Dynamic cupping the section is caused by negative air pressure that creates a drawing action of the tissues this lift compliments the compression of massage. The advantage of silicone cups is that they form easily wear hard edges cups cannot achieve suction. This makes for the perfect compliment to your massage. The lasting effects of cupping massage include the separation of tissue layers that may usually be tight. No hands can replicate the effectiveness and efficiency of the cups.

Client benefits: 

1 - Cupping helps to mobilize toxins sitting in the tissues, allowing circulatory and lymphatic systems to clear. It replaces previously congested area with New Blood.

2 - Cupping allows much better myofascial release by manually loosening adhesions and helping with the alignment of the myofascial bundle while drawing new blood into the tissues to encourage healing.

3 - Cupping allows more effective manual lymph drainage with a negative pressure stimulating better drainage into one of the lymphatic drainage points of the body, this is greatly beneficial to everyone but especially to the pre and post operative client

4 - Cupping therapy increases vasodilation and activates the release of synovial fluid in joints areas there by improving joint discomfort; effective for conditions like arthritis

5 - Gastrointestinal disorders benefit from cupping by the stimulation of peristalsis and secretion of digestive fluids

6 - Cupping assists the respiratory system when overloaded with congestive conditions such as colds flu asthma, etc. It helps to mobilize congestion and ease restrictions found in the rib cage area due to long-term coughing

7 - Cupping helps to enable better absorption of topical muscle rub products enabling better overall results

8 - Cupping ensures that clients have longer lasting results from their massage therapy session then with massage techniques alone

9 - Although the scientific Community has yet to support it - many clients find that cupping therapy is supportive to the reduction of the dimpling associated with cellulite

Flash, Static & Dynamic Cupping  (3 styles we mainly use) can leave marks on the area and should not be painful. It is not a bruise and will not turn yellow. They will usually disappear completely within a few days however some can last longer than 7-10 days.


Written and submitted by Joanne Windsor, RMT, Certified Reflexologist, Usui Reiki Master Teacher.


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Most of us are dealing with some kind of postural stress. mOst often this stress shows up in the shoulders and neck area.”

Fortunately, massage can counteract the imbalances in our bodies that are caused from sitting, which means you can keep doing what you are currently doing for work as long as you schedule a regular massage.
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