Many people think of massage as a luxury, but massage therapy provides many therapeutic benefits. Research has shown that massage can effectively:

  • Decrease pain and chronic tension
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Lessen symptoms of depression
  • Treat cancer-related fatigue
  • Boost the immune system
  • Reduce muscle soreness
  • Relieve migraine pain

In addition, massage can increase body awareness and reconnect the body, mind, and spirit. Cultivate relaxation, relieve pain, and manage stress by including massage as part of your self-care practices.

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Massage therapy provides an approach to improving the quality of your health and life that can be:

  • more comfortable and pleasant to experience than many other approaches
  • easily and quickly evaluated to determine how well massage is working for you
  • nurturing as well as therapeutic.

According to The American Massage Therapy Association (

“An increasing number of research studies show massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment). Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from exercise or injury.

People with the following conditions have reported that therapeutic massage has lessened or relieved many of their symptoms.

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (including spastic colon, colic and constipation)
  • Headache
  • Immune function disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Myofascial pain
  • Premature infants
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Sports injuries (including pulled or strained muscles and ligaments)
  • Stress
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction “

The role of the massage therapist includes assessing your condition and your desired outcome to identify a course of treatment that will be most helpful for you. The course of treatment would specify what sort of improvements you could expect and how quickly. You would be able to evaluate your own results at each point in the treatment program.

Check our Therapy Options section, to gain greater understanding of the opportunities available for experiencing improved health and wellness.

Florida requires massage therapists complete 500 hours of state accredited study at a state approved massage school and a pass a state/national licensing exam. Florida requires all massage therapists to complete this process and be licensed through the state.