Ease pain - it has been estimated that eight out of ten people experience debilitating back pain at some time in their lives. According to a 2011 study, massage helped people in pain feel and function better compared to people who didn't receive any massage treatment. Massage has also been linked to decreased stiffness and pain, as well as better range of motion in people with osteoarthritis. People diagnosed with Fibromyalgia also often find massage immensely beneficial.
Improve sleep patterns - if you've ever dozed off on a massage table, you don't need to be convinced that a massage can promote healthy sleep. According to Health magazine, a number of studies have examined this link, and chalk it up to massage's affect on delta waves, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep.
Boost Immunity - multiple studies, although often small, have linked massage to better functioning of the immune system. In one 2010 study, researchers found massage increased a person's disease-fighting white blood cells. The stress-reducing powers of massage can also help keep you healthy.
Curb headaches - just like muscle and back pain, headaches can also be alleviated thanks to massage. A regular rubdown can reduce a person's number of migraines, as well as limit how painful each migraine feels. A 2009 study by Touch Research Institute (TRI) found that a 30-minute massage decreased pain for people with tension headaches and even curbed some of the stress and anger associated with that pounding head.