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Why Massage Is a Necessity, Not a Luxury by Julie G

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding massage therapy is if it’s worth the expense?  Massage is not just a simple back rub, nor is it just a “luxury” or occasional “treat”.  Research tells us that massage therapy is a valuable component of a well-rounded health regimen, combating everything from chronic pain to the negative effects of stress. 


"The notion that massage is ‘just an indulgence’ is antiquated,” says Brent A. Bauer, M.D., director of the complementary and integrative medicine program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “There are over 1,000 studies and published reports that offer scientific evidence on the health effects of massage therapy. There are certainly direct effects like changes that happen at the muscle level and pain pathways and a reduction in stress hormones, such as cortisol. But there are also indirect effects like being in a comfortable setting and a compassionate human presence that can all lead to profound effects on our stress levels and emotional state.” 


Some of the benefits of massage include: 

o   Help release chronic/acute muscle pain and tension 

o   Improve circulation 

o   Increase flexibility 

o   Reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress 

o   Promote faster healing of injured muscles tissue 

o   Improves sleep quality 

o   Reduce inflammation 


In our busy society, we don’t take enough time for self/preventative care.  If you are not already, I encourage you to reach out to a qualified and experienced massage therapist and schedule a massage, you will be happy you did. 


What credentials to look for in a massage therapist.  Make sure to ask questions: 

Are they licensed by the city? How many hours/years of schooling did they receive?  How many years have they been doing massage therapy?  


Many people do not realize that massage in Minnesota is regulated by each City (and not the state).  There are only 4 states left that have not enacted a state licensure and Minnesota is one of them.  The city laws vary a lot by each city.  Many cities require proof of schooling, a background check and more.  Some cities require nothing which means a person could have not attended any massage school or training and could be performing massages to the public, the public is assuming they have credentials.  So please ask questions, and don’t make assumptions.  All massage therapists are not equal. 


We would like to extend to you an exclusive offer to schedule with a Balance for Life Fitness Center Massage Therapist.  All therapists are licensed by the City of Arden Hills which requires a background check and proof of 500+ hours of training, have graduated from a massage therapy school and have many years of experience.  Call today to schedule a massage and receive $15 off your first massage. 


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