Massage Therapy: Biological Changes
We are all aware that massage feels good. But now there is evidence that it also causes profound biological changes. According to a Cedars Sinai Medical Center study on the effects of deep tissue massage therapy, a 45-minute single massage session increased circulating lymphocytes which defend the body against disease, as well as significantly decreased the primary stress hormone cortisol.
This data reinforces that massage therapy produces measurable biologic effects and may have implications for managing inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. As a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, massage therapy has experienced an influx in consumer demand. Just between 2014 and 2015, the estimated number of part-time and full-time massage therapists grew by 3% to swell upwards of 346,000.
The Soma Institute in Chicago is at the forefront of this career shift for aspiring massage therapists. Soma is the only school in the U.S. that offers a diploma in clinical massage therapy. Offered in 11 or 15 months, Soma’s Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma program prepares students for rewarding careers in this flourishing career. Explore more about a career in Clinical Massage Therapy by giving one of Soma’s career counselors a call to find out if it could be a good fit for you. 1.800.694.5314