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Massage is the treatment of the skin and soft tissues of the body to enhance health and healing and promote relaxation. It can help to restore or maintain balance in your mind and body.

The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing explains the benefits of massage therapy.

Massage benefits

Research studies show that massage can help to:

  • reduce pain
  • reduce muscle tension
  • lower blood pressure and heart rate
  • improve circulation
  • increase the "feel good" chemicals (endorphins)
  • soften tight muscles
  • prevent muscles from weakening.

Massage usually results in decreased stress and anxiety, creating a sense of calm and well-being.

Massage may help people who have several health conditions by relieving many physical and emotional symptoms.

Therapeutic massage may be right for you if you have:

Massage sessions

During a massage session, the massage therapist talks with you about any health and comfort needs or concerns you have.

You may be fully clothed, partially clothed or not clothed and covered with a sheet. You will lie on a massage table or in a hospital bed. The massage therapist will massage and work on the areas you request.

The massage therapist is careful with the amount of pressure used. The strokes may vary depending on your comfort level. During the session, the massage therapist talks with you to make sure the massage is effective.

Where can I receive therapeutic massage?

The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing offers therapeutic massage at these locations:

Content Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Therapeutic Massage, gen-ahc-14886
Review Date: 6/21/2011
Reviewed By: Lori Knutson, RN, BSN, HNB-BC

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