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Relaxation Massage and Beyond — Medical Massage


Need another excuse to get a massage? A good massage just may help you live longer. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggests that people who received a single deep-tissue massage saw, on average, a seven-point decrease in both their systolic and diastolic blood pressures and a decrease in their resting heart rates by 11 beats per minute. “Over time, these subtractions could add as many as six years to a person’s life span,” says author of the study, Alan Kaye, M.D., Ph.D. “The benefits of massage actually last for days, and the more you experience them, the more likely your body is to adjust permanently.”

Another study published in Science Translational Medicine explains an experiment requiring individuals to exercise to exhaustion and then undergo five incisions in their legs in order to obtain muscle tissue for analysis. The experiment included rest, exercise, and massage. Researchers found that massage reduces the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a critical role in inflammation. Massage also stimulates mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses inside cells that convert glucose into the energy essential for cell function and repair. Dr. Tarnopolsky, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, stated that massage works quite differently than anti-inflammatory drugs which reduce inflammation and pain but could retard the healing process. He says massage can suppress inflammation and actually enhance cell recovery.

The health benefits of massage don’t stop there. The massage therapists at Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness are trained and certified in the medical application of massage. If you are recovering from an injury, for example, our therapists can support your body’s healing process by decreasing any discomfort you may be experiencing, and increasing your range of motion.

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Our therapists are also certified to administer massages to those who are in treatment for, or recovering from, cancer. Massage can compliment traditional cancer treatments; decrease stress and discomfort associated with those treatments, and simply provide a relaxing respite for cancer patients and their caregivers.

Still on the fence about getting a massage?

Then Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness wants to add a little extra incentive by offering everyone a $20 discount on their first visit for any massage through the end of January 2016!

Our team of professional therapists are happy to work with you to provide the massage that will best support you. For more information, call us at (908) 898-0008 or stop by at 18 South Street 2nd floor New Providence. For more information about all the services and classes offered at Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness check us out on the web at:

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