There's nothing like a good massage to soothe tired, aching muscles. Massage therapy can do a lot more, though, including improving posture.
Bad Posture Epidemic
Modern life tends to encourage bad posture. Sitting for long hours, repetitive motion, and stress make for a bad combination. For many, proper posture means simply sitting or standing up straight, but any good masseuse knows better. The human body is not designed to hold a single position for a long time. Rigid, unmoving postures cause some muscles to lock in place while others go unused. That's bad for posture, for the body's ability to move naturally and steadily. Health effects from bad posture can be serious, including bone damage and poor circulation.
Massages Release Tension
A skilled masseuse knows how to find and target especially tense muscles, problem areas resulting from activities like too much time sitting in a chair or stretching in only one direction. Massage therapy targets these tense regions, finding muscles which have been overworked and relieving the pressure. As these muscles relax, posture becomes looser and more natural, relieving pressure from problem areas and spreading it through your whole frame - as it should be.
Massages Improve Flexibility
Simply soothing muscles would help a good deal toward improving posture, but the benefits do not end there. In order to encourage proper posture, the body needs regular movement and variety. Bad posture can often become a self-defeating cycle. It hurts to move, and so you don't want to move, making a bad situation progressively worse. By releasing tension and soothing related aches, massage improves your body's ability to move freely and easily. Even a single good massage can help you on the path to wellness.
Good posture means healthy, balanced living. The shift from poor posture to good posture will not happen overnight, but regular massage therapy will mean one step closer to better posture for a better life.