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Massage Isn’t Just for Women – It’s Good for Men, Too

14 Jul 2017

Men’s Health Week (this year, June 12-18) is an annual focus on wellness issues specifically male-related. It’s celebrated in mid-June and since it was so recent, we’ve got men’s health on our minds. Massage therapy consumers are more likely to be female, but we’d like to discuss the benefits of bodywork for men in this particular post.

First of all, we’d like to point out that discussing their own health is far down on the list of priorities among most men. A Cleveland Clinic study found that most men who rather discuss just about anything else. Current events, sports, and employment are the big topics. Less than 10% indicated that they’d be comfortable discussing their health.

But wellness and maintaining health are important issues to both men and women. Women don’t have a monopoly on stress and other wellness threatening conditions.

Massage therapy may be a good way to interject a little health care into a man’s life that doesn’t appear to be health care. It’s not like a physical exam or other doctor visit. But in the guise of providing some relaxation, here are some of the benefits of massage therapy that are pertinent to men:

  • Reducing blood pressure and supporting heart health. Hypertension affects approximately a third of the U.S. adult population, and it affects men much more often than women. The same is true with cardiac conditions.
  • Stress reduction and fighting depression. While it’s generally women who are show in the TV commercials for anti-depressants, about one in 10 men report having depression symptoms on a daily basis. Massage therapy has been shown to counteract stress and help address depression.
  • Muscle soreness and back and neck pain. More and more men are working jobs that have them sitting at a desk most of the time, and that can lead to sore backs and necks as well as headaches. Therapeutic massage can be helpful for these issues.
  • Sexual health. Massage therapy can address a number of issues to support a more satisfying sex life.
  • Sports-related injuries. There’s a reason that professional sports teams and individual athletes either have a massage therapist on staff or work with one regularly. But sports massage isn’t just for the pros – it can be very beneficial for those weekend athletes who only hit the golf course.

If you’re a man who has never experienced the relaxation that a therapeutic massage can bring, we’d like to encourage you to make an appointment and find out what the women in your life probably already know – massage is just plain good for you.  

Don’t know a massage therapist? Then we’d love to see you in the Student Clinic at our Minneapolis massage school. It’s a great way to get introduced to massage therapy at a discounted price. Appointments are available most Fridays and Saturdays. Why not contact us to get on our schedule this weekend?






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