The "benefits" of massage usually make up quite a long list. However, until recently, there hasn't been many studies conducted about massage. We now have evidence* that massage may decrease pain and inflammation and is an effective treatment for low back pain. We also know massage helps muscles work harder. The list of benefits proved by studies continues to grow every day.
If you look beyond the scientific studies, anecdotal evidence shows us that massage helps strengthen the immune system by stimulating lymph flow, eases depression and anxiety, increases joint flexibility and improves range of motion, promotes tissue regeneration by reducing scar tissue and stretch marks, helps reduce post-surgery swelling and adhesions, relaxes injured and overused muscles, strengthens weakened muscles, releases endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller), helps ease migraine pain, improves quality of sleep and so much more!
*Massage Reduces Pain Perception and Hyperalgesia in Experimental Muscle Pain: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage, A Comparison of the Effects of 2 Types of Massage and Usual Care on Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.