TMHS 048: You Can’t Touch This! The Benefits Of Massage Outweigh Medication

In this episode of The Model Health Show we’re looking at the many benefits of massage therapy. Massage has been clinically proven to help reduce depression and anxiety, improve hormone function, and boost the immune system. There are very few treatments that have such a wide array of benefits, and the history of massage itself may surprise you.

Massage therapy is documented in some of the most storied ancient traditions (which you’ll learn about today). Yet, even though it has a rich history, and it’s clinically proven to be effective, massage has it fallen out of practice in modern medicine. Today you’re going to understand why, and how massage is making a huge comeback in treatment for health and wellness.

There are many forms and “styles” of massage to choose from. I’ve personally experienced deep tissue massage, Thai massage, reflexology, sports massage, Swedish massage, and even massage derived from Ayurveda. They all have unique aspects, but they all provide tremendous value when administered by a trained massage therapist.

If you haven’t gotten a massage for a while, this show is definitely going to inspire you to take that extra care of yourself, and make massage therapy a more consistent part of your life.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The surprising percentage of people who get massages.
  • Why you need to pay attention to the oils and lotions you put on your skin.
  • Which ancient cultures utilized massage as a cornerstone of health.
  • What Hippocrates, the “father of modern medicine”, had to say about massage.
  • Why massage has been pulled out of hospitals and replaced by medication.
  • The different bodily systems that massage can help.
  • What “feel good hormone” is instantly increased when touched by another person.
  • Why massage is far better for localizing treatment than drugs are.
  • How massage assists systemic healing too.
  • The incredible clinical studies that show the benefits of massage.
  • The impact that massage has on hormone and immune function.
  • How massage intelligently affects inflammation.
  • A surprising study showing how massage compares to drugs for pain and functionality.
  • When the best time to get a massage is if you workout.
  • The incredible impact massage has on infants and premature babies.
  • The dangers of taking antibiotics haphazardly.
  • What some of the best forms of massage are.
  • What the benefits of deep tissue massage are (and my Karate Man story).
  • How often you are recommended to get a massage.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Cancer Truth With Ty Bollinger – Podcast

Improve your digestion, assimilation, and elimination – Podcast

How stress can make us fat, dumb, and unhappy – Podcast

A healthy lifestyle you can stomach – Video

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  • MissBeth
    23 Apr 2014, 5:43 pm

    Your shows are always full of great information, and while I’ve only been a listener for a few weeks now, the encouragement in these podcasts have already become a major help in my health journey.

    Too many people misunderstand the importance and variety of massage.
    The right licensed massage therapist (LMT) can change your life! I probably would not be able to walk today if not for mine.

    And don’t be discouraged if the first one you go to isn’t the right one. After my first LMT moved away, it took 2 years to find one who had the right touch for me, but it was worth the search. She’s been my LMT for 14+ years, and beyond all the physical deep tissue & trigger point work, she is healing for my heart.

    • Shawn
      24 Apr 2014, 2:58 am

      Beth I’m so glad you brought up the point about connecting with a massage therapist that is right for YOU. I feel the same way for sure. Though I’ve had the opportunity to work many practitioners, there are only a couple that I keep going back to.

      And I also want to give thanks for your healing, and send a special shout out of gratitude to your LMT who helped you get there 🙂

  • Katharine
    28 Apr 2014, 11:59 am

    This podcast truly came at the RIGHT TIME for me personally. I started massage therapy school this weekend!! So excited to step into that practitioner role I’ve envisioned for myself. Listening to this show at this particular time made my heart smile so big 🙂 THANK YOU Shawn as always.

  • Megan Pangan
    26 Jul 2014, 12:43 am

    Man I herniated my L4 L5 discs as well Shawn. the best thing I did was rung a tennis ball on all the muscles connected to that area. No chiropractor needed. Too bad I figured this out 2 years after the injury, but at least i know now. 🙂

  • 27 Aug 2014, 1:28 am


    I’m a Thai Bodywork practitioner, my ears popped up when you mentioned the technique and benefits. Thank you!! I’ve been a practitioner for over 6years and it’s still a challenge to get people to try this amazing healing therapy! I had one session on a fluke from a colleague, I was hooked, blown away with how I felt. Left for Chiang Mai, Thailand to get certified. Keep up the awesome work on this podcast, it’s always on my top priority list to learn and grow in my wellness career and personal life.

  • 28 Sep 2014, 11:51 am

    Great show. I am a new listener and also a massage therapist, and loved your insight.
    Here in Australia, we can actually claim some of the cost back from the fee paid, if you are a member of a private health fund.
    Would be great if America could come to the game 🙂

  • 7 Nov 2014, 1:26 pm

    After running through a ton of shows from newest to oldest when I’m driving, I finally got to this one about 2 weeks ago. I used to get massages every month 4 years back, and remembered how good that felt, and thought I needed to get a massage as it’s been 2 years since my last one. I finally had an opportunity yesterday to check out a place, and they happened to have a late opening for me to get in after work, so I booked it in the morning, and went it. I am no where near feeling completely tension free, but I feel a lot better this morning, and have already booked another appointment for 2 weeks out to focus on the upper back, where most of my problems exist.

    Thanks for pushing me to just book that appointment Shawn. I’ll make sure that a monthly massage works itself into the monthly budget.