Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

According to the Mayo Clinic, while more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection. The AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) takes it further with 25 reasons to get a massage.


Cheshire Fitness Club Massage Therapists

Ches-Jer-Ang-c042-2-150x150Angela Parham

  • License: LMT-NC #10211
  • Phone: 828-230-2126

Angela is a graduate of the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Weaverville, NC and specializes in wellness maintenence, pain management and injury prevention using Swedish, Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular techniques. She also specializes in Oncology Massage which creates a very light soothing touch and energy work, allowing pain to recede to the background. Angela’s goal and passion is in serving her community and creating a sense of well-being.

massage cheshire fitness stevenSteve McLaughlin

  • License: NC #2199
  • Phone: 704-594-5110

Steve been working in the massage field for over 24 years. He has worked for spas in New Jersey, Bermuda and North Carolina. Steve has studied extensively in Neuromuscular Therapy, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone Therapy, spa treatments, energy work and has been a Reiki Master for the past 15 years.

He has also taught for the past 17 years at the Center for Massage and Natural Health, teaching students chair massage, business and marketing, aromatherapy, spa treatments, Integrative Massage, Neuromuscular Massage, and Energy Work. Steve specializes in working on professional athletes as well as people looking for pain free life by re-balancing the body to help regain natural muscle tone and function, and a balanced symmetrical body.


Credits: Gina Palermo MacFarland, Mayo Clinic, AMTA

2016-11-12T10:52:39+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Categories: General Health, Health News, Massage|