11.0x5.5-NPPV08-39-Jaffe-Chicagoland-IL-CUST-4c-68701-Rindd.inddBy Ondine Anderson, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist

Massage is an awesome way to relax, unwind, relieve sore muscles and improve circulation, but it is also important to understand that therapeutic massage has far reaching health benefits, way beyond just feeling good.

The key to obtaining these benefits from massage is to receive regular treatments. Yes, an occasional massage can certainly help you relax, but it is not as likely to provide the major health benefits a regular weekly, bi-weekly or even a monthly massage can.

Recent studies have indicated that regular massage can address a wide variety of health issues and conditions. Just to name a few: insomnia, digestive disorders, anxiety, circulatory problems, arthritis, asthma, chronic pain syndrome, depression, and even allergies. Massage boosts the immune system, reduces blood pressure and increases a chemical called serotonin, which is the bodies’ natural anti-depressant.

The benefits of regular massage are so important that many health professionals are now beginning to recognize that it should be in the same category as exercise and proper diet as a way to maintain good health. Many are prescribing massage as a way to assist patients with reduction of stress and pain levels.
Even if you are generally very healthy, you will still find an improved mental outlook and physical function with regular massage.
Massage is no longer just a luxury to be indulged in once in a while. It should be made a part of your regular healthcare routine, along with exercise, rest and proper nutrition to ensure you maintain optimal health.

As a graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage, Ondine has studied Swedish massage, Sports massage, Deep Tissue, Acupressure, Prenatal massage, Reflexology and Trigger Point therapies. She provides massage therapy that not only decreases muscle tension and pain, but also results in better emotional balance and general well-being.