Sunday, May 19, 2013
We All Need the Human Touch
People suffering from migraines and surgery-related pain also got relief from massage therapy. But they aren't the only ones benefitting from the healing touch. Pregnant women who receive massages during labor have less stress, anxiety and pain. Some research indicates that massage therapy raises the level of natural killer cells that fight off viral and cancer cells. And the patients who do have cancer had less anxiety, pain and fatigue after undergoing ongoing massages. While there are claims that massages contribute to weight loss by expelling toxins in the body, it's difficult to find research to support these statements. Health experts do maintain that massages increase blood circulation, which gives the metabolism a nice boost. Of course they also alleviate stress, which contributes to weight gain. Why not let someone rub you the right way?