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Therapeutic Massage: Better Than a Candy Bar

It’s no surprise that massages are a popular commodity; with so many different forms, the options are nearly endless. While each type has its own unique properties and purpose, therapeutic massage can be a strong asset when it comes to the healing process. Besides feeling great and serving as a gateway to relaxation, there are many benefits found in therapeutic massage that are not always widely known.

Pain relief is a major (and commonly known) benefit of receiving hands-on care. Having a professional knead out your problem areas can be life-changing. What you may not know is that some of the lesser known, but equally vital, benefits of therapeutic massage include reduced state and trait anxiety and a temporary reduction in blood pressure and heart rate. It has also been shown to reduce depression and, really, who doesn’t want that?

Even though it is still only theory and has not been proven, many in the field believe massage stimulates the release of serotonin and endorphins. It makes sense; a calming atmosphere and the dissipation of that nagging back pain is likely to make anyone happy. Now add the consumption of a well-timed chocolate bar and you’ll be floating (okay, so maybe those aren’t doctor’s orders, but it still sounds good).

When it comes to healing from an injury, therapeutic massage can be a game-changer. It is commonly used in conjunction with rehabilitation programs as it can accelerate healing and improve flexibility and range-of-motion. Likewise, because it pumps nutrients and oxygen into your organs, massage is also a valuable supplement to post-operative care.

But wait; there’s more! Therapeutic massage has a few more tricks up its – I’d say sleeve, but, well, there typically isn’t one. It has also been known to relieve stress, promote easier breathing, and improve posture and circulation. So if you never mastered crossing the room with Webster’s dictionary on your head, don’t fret – there is another way.

Now that you’re sold on getting them, how about learning to give therapeutic massages? A career as a massage therapist is a lot like being Santa Claus. You both make people happy and that’s basically the same thing. Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch, but it can be a rewarding career and Daytona College can get you there. The only drawback is that you’ll likely have to work more than just one night a year. Sorry.

Our Therapeutic Massage and Skin Care Associate’s Degree program will prepare you for a career as a Massage Therapist and Facial Specialist (talk about a double-threat). Designed for completion in just 19 months, students will learn the procedures and techniques of massage therapy, the function and structure of the human body, allied modalities, and more. Graduates will be prepped and ready to work in any number of offices, including chiropractic clinics and wellness centers, spas, salons, and resorts (to name a few). If you’re looking for something more exciting, consider working for a sports team or even on a cruise line (how’s that for a change of scenery?).

To learn more about Daytona College and our Therapeutic Massage and Skin Care program, visit our website or give us a call. If we don’t answer right away, it’s probably because we’re basking in the relaxing glow of a therapeutic massage.