The Overlooked Health Benefits Of Massage Therapy

Katie, one of our massage therapists, wants to clear something up: Massages are relaxing, but that’s not all they’re about.

But first, a little bit about Katie.

Katie has been a massage therapist for three years and comes to MizzouRec from University of Michigan, where she did massage therapy for student athletes.

She had a really bad knee injury in high school and started going to therapy, where she met a massage therapist who talked to her about alternatives to surgery. Because of the massage therapy she received, Katie didn’t have to have surgery. That’s when learned about the health benefits of massage, and realized she wanted to become a massage therapist so she could help others in a similar way.

Also, she loves playing soccer and one of her favorite things to do in Columbia so far is play pickup games on Stankowski (which just makes our hearts flutter). Also, her last name is Peacock and her favorite animal is a peacock so it’s perfect.

Q&A

So, what are some health benefits of massage? 

Massage is not just about relaxation. It’s about keeping up with your health, and there are so many benefits: recovering, well being, stress relief … it’s good for reducing swelling and increasing blood flow. In the college setting stress is big, and it’s based on a lack of oxygen to the brain. Massage increases blood flow, which calms the nervous system and helps you think more clearly.

A big misconception about massage is that it’s tooty fruity and a luxury thing. The health benefits of it aren’t taken very seriously … It’s not just about relaxation, it’s about keeping up with your health.

How frequently would you recommend massages?

If it’s to remedy an injury, set up a plan with a massage therapist. If it’s for relaxation, once a month. Relaxation massage is good for people who just want to relieve some stress, while deep tissue is more for athletes or people who work out a lot and need to relieve muscle soreness.

Have questions about massage therapy? Tweet or email Katie at peacockk@missouri.edu!

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