Huffington Post put together this slide show that demonstrates the many reasons to choose massage. If you suffer from anxiety and depression, aches and pains, PMS, lowered immunity, sleep issues, migraines and headaches then massage is for you. Many people have the belief that massage is about pampering, and while this is part of it, the health benefits of massage far outweigh just the idea of something that is a luxury used to pamper oneself. The idea is to see massage as complementary and alternative medicine. Medication may seem like an easy solution, and one that is widely accepted, but if you are like me, all of those side effects start to diminish the one benefit you’re trying to achieve. Massage offers all of the relief without those side effects.
It is important to keep in mind that all types of massage may not work for you. If you have issues with blood clotting, medical conditions that are contra-indicative to massage, deep vein thrombosis, and any other questionable circumstances is it best to first check with your doctor to see what your limitations may be. While some types may not work, other types that are more energetic based and limited to specific areas can be a viable option.