How Therapeutic Massage is Good for the Whole Body!

professional massage polo shirts by HHSHi, my name is Harmony Morgan, Admissions Director, and former Graduate of the Holistic Health Practitioner Program here at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands). Fortunately, medical professionals and integrative practitioners now agree that therapeutic massage is highly beneficial to holistic self-care. And, new benefits and applications for Massage Therapy are discovered daily. Today, I’d like to share just some of the latest findings of the therapeutic benefits”, she added.

What Therapeutic Massage Can Do

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, numerous research studies report that massage substantially improves mood and reduces pain. Are your muscles feel sore after a workout? Do you suffer from inflammation, or mobility issues? Do you experience anxiety, tight shoulders, or tension headaches?  Have you been injured, need surgery, or recovering from a sports event? If so, Therapeutic Massage can  relieve pain, loosen muscles, relieve anxiety and reduce inflammation. Just as importantly, it boosts your immune system and speeds recovery too!

Massage Triggers Self Healing

When massage loosens tight muscles it reduces strain and increases mobility of your joints.  It reduces mental and physical stress by boosting the body’s relaxation response. By engaging the para-sympathetic nervous system, Massage allows your body to engage it’s self-healing properties.

Massage and Hormones

As you know, Massage increases blood circulation and stimulates hormonal changes.  The lowering of Cortisol levels reduces muscle-tension, anxiety and relieves stress. Increased Dopamine  and Serotonin relieve pain, improve memory and focus, promote deep sleep, and increase motivation, energy and well-being.

Massage and Immune Function

Massage increases circulation and lymphatic flow. This flow moves nutrients throughout the body and filters waste. Because therapeutic massage reduces stress, it enhances the immune system function. It also increases the level of lymphocytes, which the immune system uses to fight inflection.

How Massage Helps Young People

Massage is an essential tool to support physical and mental well-being at all ages.  Studies report that young people struggling with mental health issues can benefit from massage. It is effective in addressing a range of psychological issues including aggression, anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorders, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress. The study showed that low-dopamine levels were increased after just one month of daily massage.

The Future of Massage

Continued research on the benefits of massage for both mental and physical health are very promising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the opportunities for Professional Massage Therapists will continue to grow 18% through 2032. This is 22,000 openings each year, making it an “in-demand profession” graduates can take anywhere!

Healing Hands has been an advocate for Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts for over 30 years.  They offer two Professional Programs and more than 40 massage and holistic health courses. Everything you need for success as a Professional Massage Therapist can be learned at Healing Hands. Find out more online at  To schedule a classroom tour, call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858)505-1100 in San Diego/Kearny Mesa.