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At over 4,000 years old, massage is one of the oldest health care practices in the world. It is referenced in ancient Chinese medical texts and has been part of western medicine since the time of Hippocrates. A decade after first being brought to the United States in 1850, the first massage therapy clinics were opened by Dr. Baron Nils Posse (the Posse Institute in Boston) and Dr. Hartwig Nissen (the Swedish Health Institute near Washington DC). In the modern age, massage is used for everything from relieving stress to getting an athlete back in the game after a sprain.
The physical benefits of massage in New Orleans can range from healing strained muscles to reducing blood pressure. Massage can improve blood circulation and lymph fluid movement. It can also help your cells operate more efficiently. Massage can also relieve tension headaches and reduce muscle pain, stiffness, and tension. It helps with your flexibility and range of motion and can even improve your skin.
The mental benefits of massage lie in the relaxation you feel during and after. Massage can relieve stress and help reduce anxiety. With reduced stress and anxiety, your body sleeps better and deeper. With good sleep, your brain function improves and fatigue and irritability are reduced.