Beyond joining the 8.8-billion-dollar industry, the awesome job flexibility, and ability to get massage training in just 22-months for a dream career, you’re probably in, or are considering, massage therapy school because you want to help others. And your clients may think they’re coming to you just for a little ‘me time’ and the pampering of it all, but after your massage therapist classes you’ll come to keenly understand there is SO much more to what you’re offering to those on your table.
If you’re just exploring your first, or next, amazing career and think a massage therapist education might be up your alley, you can take the “Anderson College Massage Therapy Career Discovery Quiz” or for more incentive, read our popular blog on the Top 5 Reasons to Become a Massage Therapist.
But if you want to skip to the Wow Factor of why massage therapy is a natural health alternative people should count on to ignite healing and vibrant living, here’s the skinny.
5 Mind Blowing Benefits of Massage Therapy
1.Eases Pain and Improves Physical Quality of Life
Beyond just a lovely, relaxing time away from daily stresses and a sure sign your self-care is taking priority, massage is a powerful preventative measure and treatment for a long list of muscle, joint and circulatory issues. Whether you’re experiencing soreness after a workout, a buildup of stress in your back and neck from working at a desk, or dealing with a chronic pain issue, massage can help. Massage reduces muscular tension and soreness, improves circulation, enhances joint mobility, improves lymphatic drainage, and lowers heart rate and blood pressure. Considered a part of integrative medicine, it works in tandem with standard treatments to deal with a wide range of health and medical conditions.
2.Relieves Depression and Anxiety
There is something deeply soothing about having a person care for us, through kind words, compassionate questions, consideration of our physical and mental concerns or needs, and then tenderly offering human touch in a safe and professional environment. Not only does the stress drain from our muscles, but from our minds. The National Library of Medicine’s study of how massage reduces anxiety in child and adolescent psychiatric patients, demonstrates the power of this type of care on our mental state.
With an understanding of points 1 & 2 then, improved circulation, experiencing a relief from pain and a sense of relaxation and calmer mental mindset, allow for a more restful, peaceful sleep. This is a positive spiral for healing and health; when we sleep better our bodies have the concentrated time to heal and regenerate, we have more energy during the day and this can inspire us to exercise more, eat better and continue to receive massage to support our physical and mental needs, and then we sleep better. Repeat.
And the list of benefits from this enhanced way of taking care of our bodies continues to grow. A study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, refers to the immune boosting benefits of massage. “Researchers in Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences have reported people who undergo massage experience measurable changes in their body’s immune and endocrine response.”
5.Self-Care Rituals Ripple Out to All
Booking a massage is about so much more than just a luxury-hour at the spa, it is a statement, to your body and your mind that you care and are doing whatever it takes to honour and uplift them. A massage can kickstart the healing process and ripples out to the rest of our lives. This seemingly small step leads to other small steps in how we fuel our body and brain, and suddenly we’re taking giant leaps and have shifted from healing to vibrant living. In turn, now that we’ve filled our own cup, so to speak, we have enough to spill out and over to our loved ones, even strangers, and the circle of care expands. What began as a time of pampering, has now improved not only your life, (or the life of your client), but has rippled out to improve life for others.
And now you know … you thought you were just researching massage therapist colleges and education options, but really you are realizing how you can change the world, one massage at a time! Registered massage therapists (RMTs) play a vital role in the wellness of our world, and we would like to help you launch your extraordinary career and life. Will you let us?
Here’s the topline info on our highly-recognized, 22-month Massage Therapy program that preps you to challenge your College of Massage Therapists of Ontario registration examinations. Book a virtual appointment with our Admissions team and we’ll walk you through the specific steps to get you ready to join the next class!
Quick Links to Fuel Your Success!
We want to make sure you have what you need to succeed! Check out these reference links:
- Massage Therapy – Anderson College
- Ontario Council of Private Massage Therapy Colleges – listed as Westervelt College, as Anderson has recently brought Westervelt into the Anderson College family and brand.
- The National Library of Medicine’s study of how massage reduces anxiety
- Cedars Sinai Study – Adults Demonstrate Immune Response After Receiving Massage
- National Library of Medicine – Massage Reduces Anxiety in Children and Adolescents