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The answer is simple: a massage affects not only the muscular system but you also get the benefits of nervous stimulation from the touch of the therapist. Lower stress hormones after a massage and an increase in hormones that aid wound healing are also benefits.
In addition, you get the benefits of increased blood and lymph circulation from the massage, both of which help improve your overall health. Massage therapy also helps people deal with many pain related diseases. These include cancer, arthritis, chronic fatigue, and a host of other ailments people deal with on a daily basis.
I suggest that you get a massage at least once a month, as your entire body will thank you for it. Your friends and family just might appreciate you getting a massage as well, since you might end up a little less irritable to be around.