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3 health benefits of massage therapy

By The Health News Team | July 5, 2023
Massage therapy

Massage is usually associated with self-care and relaxation — the ultimate way to treat oneself and unwind. But massage also has many other benefits.

Aimee Frisk, a massage therapist at the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital, shares three health benefits of massage therapy:


Stress relief

In addition to helping people relax mentally, massage can also help our bodies release physical pressure.

“Massage is shown to help decrease stress, pain and muscle tension by increasing relaxation and circulation,” says Frisk. “It also helps reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and can boost your immune system.”



Massage can help speed up the healing process for people who have recently had surgery by increasing circulation, which helps relax the muscles and surrounding tissue.


Improved physical and mental health

Massage therapists often incorporate clinical aromatherapy into their treatments, which can have many health benefits. By using natural essential oils, clinical aromatherapy can help to ease pain, anxiety, nausea and depression.

“Essential oils affect the olfactory — or smell — pathways that are closely related to the brain,” says Frisk. “This can help control your heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, memory and hormone levels.”

Receiving your first treatment

If you have never had a massage before, you may be a little nervous before your first treatment. However, the massage therapists will guide you throughout the process.

Upon arrival for an appointment, massage clients are usually asked to fill out an intake form that goes over health history, medications and areas they would like addressed during the session. Then the massage therapist creates a personalized treatment plan.

“We allow our clients time to get comfortable on the massage table and can modify their comfort with pillows, bolsters and blankets, if needed,” says Frisk. “Once we start our session, their only job is to relax and let the healing begin.”

The Sewall Healthy Living Center recently extended their massage therapy services to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center’s Cosmetic Lounge, where clients can experience relaxing comfort in a private, tranquil suite. The Cosmetic Lounge, which opened in 2022, offers high-quality services from a team of medical specialists. Each is dedicated to patients’ comfort and achieving optimal results in the safest environment.

Learn more about massage treatments at the Sewall Healthy Living Center or schedule your next appointment at one of their two Sharp locations.

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