Top Three Reasons Massage Therapy Is More Than Just An Indulgence

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A misconception about massage therapy is that it is a special gift or treat one should have on special occasions. Viewing massage therapy as a luxury and only scheduling a session once or twice a year is inhibiting your ability to receive all of the health benefits massage therapy can provide. Each therapy session can be a significant aspect of a well-balanced health routine. Receiving regular, therapeutic massage therapy will have short and long term advantages to your physical and mental well-being. Vancouver College of Massage Therapy will tell you how:

Effective Pain Relief

Therapeutic massage therapy can relieve pain in muscles, tendons and joints in the body to allow for easier body functions and less anxiety. The study Annals of Family Medicine from 2014, found that having an hour long massage session at least two to three times per week, over the span of four weeks, alleviated chronic neck pain more effectively than receiving infrequent massages. Frequent massage therapy sessions can make daily motions easier and life less burdensome. Our VCMT students are highly trained by registered massage therapists to provide effective, comfortable massage treatments to relieve pain by manipulating soft tissues in the area causing you pain to simulate blood flow. 

Promotes Improved Sleep

About 30% of Canadians struggle with the inability to get to sleep or stay asleep, according to Dr. Ram Randhawa, a psychiatrist at the University of British Columbia’s Sleep Disorders Program. Sleep is a crucial component to a healthy lifestyle and without it, additional health risks can occur. Massage therapy promotes better sleep by allowing the body to completely relax, which releases various hormones that can lead to melatonin. Melatonin promotes and regulates the sleep cycle, allowing the patient’s body to relieve stress and rejuvenate.

Can Decrease Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

It’s no wonder many choose a massage session as their gift for a special occasion. Massage therapy improves your mood, relieves stress and promotes tranquility. The mental health benefits that a massage treatment can promote have been proven by various academic studies. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has associated massage therapy benefits to alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression. Massage therapy can produce serotonin and dopamine in the patient, which helps to relieve symptoms of depression and quiet the mind from stress. Negative anxiety symptoms can manifest in physical symptoms, and therapeutic massage therapy works to combat chronic pain in both the mind and body. 


At Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, you’re receiving safe, effective and affordable massage treatments from our excellent students. Our massage therapy school in BC has 15 private, tranquil massage therapy rooms and an in-reach room to accommodate groups of patients. Your overall physical and mental well-being is our priority, and our knowledgeable students listen and actively treat the areas that are causing you pain. Interested in receiving a massage or learning more about our registered massage therapy course? Book an appointment with us online or apply to one of our full or part time programs!

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