Do you know all the benefits of a massage? Well, let me list them for you
1. Pain Relief – when you finally decide to start getting regular massage, you soon notice that this is the best tool to manage your pains. Your therapist can focus on specific areas that are painful after heavy work, sport, injury or just a permanent pain. Or he can spread the attention over all body. Sometimes you think that painful will be solved by a back massage only while you might be surprised that having your glutes massaged would be in some cases even more helpful. Having neck and shoulder issues? This is something that might be solved by massaging your temples. How amazing is reflexology! Have you ever thought that if you have headache, there is a spot on your hand that will take care of it? Give it a go.
2. Stress release – I’m sure you know that stress is no good for you. Why exactly is that though? It is quite simple. When you are under stress, your body produces stress hormones (mainly cortisol). These hormones make your body more active, they prepare your mind for fight or action. Fun fact – during evolution our body evolved quite a bit but our emotions practically stayed exactly the same as thousands years ago. The result? Stress was useful when we were fighting for life. To survive. To hunt for food. Nowadays? We still feel the exact same stress as we used to in the stone age. But the reason for it basically vanished. Or at least for the most of us. Sure, some people still struggle to survive. But the majority of people won’t need to fight for their lives. Or to get food.
So we simply stress out about waiting too long in a traffic jam. Or not getting the job we always wanted. Or our partner not washing the dishes again. And so on.
Is it hard to get rid of stress? Well, let me be honest. It’s not easy to permanently get rid of it. But achievable. Try an anti-stress massage and find out yourself.
3. Immune system support – another thing that stress is really good at is that it significantly decreases your immunity. Especially if we let ourselves be under stress frequently. It tends to have plenty of side effects leading to lack of sleep, bad diet, sexual dysfunction. And also bad mood of course. And if we are in a bad mood, that will again produce cortisol which will makes us feel stressed. And then we will feel stressed because we feel stressed. Uff. How about just take a few deep breaths and relax?
On the other hand decreasing your stress level helps boost up your immunity system. You will sleep better, you will feel more relaxed, full of energy. Regular massage sessions help greatly alleviate stress and, as a result, have been proven to naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity – aka its ability to fight off infection and bacteria. And that’s no just with relaxation massage but any type of a massage will help. So why not try them all and see which one suits your taste the best?
4. Injury Resilience – massage plays a very important role as a supplement (not a replacement) to standard injury rehabilitation procedures. It encourages circulatory movement and relaxes muscles, helping the body pump more nutrients and oxygen into vital organs and tissues. This allows the rehabilitating injured area(s) to become more flexible and therefore heal at an accelerated rate as well as prevent such injuries in the future.
5. Improved Posture – maybe you have heard before that you “don’t move correctly”. The good news is that bad posture can be corrected. Speak to your orthopedic or massage therapist to see what options there are. Sometimes your massage therapist can prepare a session where he combines some exercises with a massage. They can also teach you what you can do to yourself to improve your posture.
There are actually so many benefits of a massage that this list would be very long… Just to mention some other ones:
6. Correct digestive disorders
7. Help with anxiety or panic attacks
8. Increase flexibility
9. Improve blood circulation and heart function
10. Skin care (a good quality oil along with the massage is actually also very good for your skin)
11. Reduce muscle tension
12. Improve joint function and reduce joint pain
13. Increase production of serotonin
14. Develop or increase libido and get rid of sexual dysfunctions
15. Increase sense of touch and discover your own body (sometimes thanks to a massage and the right touch we discover new possibilities of what we actually like… Is that confusing? Discuss with your massage therapist to find out what you’ve been missing out on)
16. Eliminate toxins and cleans your organism
17. Improve circulation
18. Reduce fatique
19. Get rid of headaches and migraines
20. Help cancer (current studies show that a massage can help patients with cancer. A regular massage is recommended as a complementary treatment since it offers a reduction in a great deal of the symptoms associated with cancer, including for example pain, nausea, fatigue and insomnia)
21. Relief PMS pains
22. Combat aging symptoms and wrinkles with a facial massage
23. Lower your blood pressure
24. Increase the quality of your life
… I guess I could continue but I think the point is quite clear. Start today with your regular massage therapies to have a better life.:)