Found a great article on CNN that breaks down some of the benefits of regular massage… from the obvious, and well known, pain relief to super-charging your brain powers, massage has some pretty phenomenal and feel good effects. So much so, the Cardiovascular Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center offers massage as part of their standard surgery patient therapy.
Benefits of Massage Include:
- Pain Relief
- Better Sleep
- Mental Alertness
- Immunity Boost
- Help with Depression and Chronic Stress
- Reduced PMS
Massage: It’s real medicine
By Kristyn Kusek Lewis
Having your honey rub your back is sweet, but it’s tough to compete with the hands of a pro. A good massage therapist can make you feel like a new person. And now research suggests massage can ease insomnia, boost immunity, prevent PMS, and more. Maybe that’s why hospitals are making it a standard therapy.
“All of our surgery patients are offered the treatment — I call it ‘service with a smile’ — and it’s a mandatory weekly prescription I give myself,” says Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a member of the board at LLuminari, a health-education company.
Our advice: Enjoy your hands-on time with your sweetie, but set aside some time for a real massage, too. Here are some feel-good reasons…