For a lot of people when they hear the word massage, they think luxury. It is easy to not make the time to take care of your body, because you are so busy making sure everyone else is taken care of. Not only is there nothing wrong with taking some time for yourself, but a proper massage can produce incredible health benefits!
A massage is so much more than a nice back rub and here are ten reasons to get a massage that don’t have to do with luxury!
- Boosts Immunity – Clinical studies have indicated that a regular massage program not only helps alleviate stress, but can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and decreases the number of T-cells, which improves the body’s immune functioning overall.
- Lowers Blood Pressure – One effective way to ward off high blood pressure is massage therapy. Long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure without the help of other drugs or supplements.
- Increases Range of Motion – Massage therapy is a beneficial treatment for maintaining and improving flexibility and range of motion. By working on muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints, regular massage can improve your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more fluid and making them less injury prone.
- Decreases Migraine Frequency – Massage is a great way to manage stress and relieve tension- two of the main causes of migraine headaches. Research has found that massage therapy often decreased the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms while increasing serotonin levels in adults with migraine headaches, ultimately causing less migraines.
- Increases Cardiovascular Health – Massage therapy dilates blood vessels, which helps them work more efficiently to promote circulation. The manual assistance of encouraging venous blood flow back to the heart enhances blood flow, which delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and promotes the removal of waste products and toxins. Thanks to the relaxed state you’re in during and after the massage, your heart rate lowers.
- Enhances Exercise Performance in Athletes – According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage acts to improve performance, reduce pain, prevent injury, encourage focus and shorten recovery time in athletes. Massage basically involves two types of responses: a mechanical response as a result of the pressure and movement and a reflex response where the nerves respond to the stimulation of a massage. Many athletes on a regular massage schedule saw improvements in their sport.
- Helps with Digestive Disorders – To treat digestive disorders, massage therapists apply gentle manual pressure to the outside of the abdomen to feel the internal structures of the colon and small intestine. In some cases, the massage therapist may be able to feel an area in the digestive tract that is congested. Massaging the affected area can help stimulate the spontaneous movement of the digestive tract and reduce symptoms such as cramping, bloating, gas, and constipation.
- Improves Posture – Unlike other bad habits, poor posture can be relaxing to correct. Massage helps reinforce healthy and natural movements, which can get your posture back on track in the most relaxing way!
- Improves Breathing – Respiratory issues, such as allergies, sinus problems, asthma and bronchitis, are one group of conditions that can benefit from massage therapy. Many muscles in the front and back of the upper body are accessory respiratory muscles, if these specific muscles are chronically tight and shortened, they can restrict normal breathing and disrupt breathing patterns. Massage techniques to lengthen and relax these muscles improve breathing capacity and function.
- Helps with Depression and Anxiety – Cortisol is our body’s natural response to stress, and massage therapy can lower it by as much as 50%. Not only that, but massage can also increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are both neurotransmitters that help stabilize your mood on a daily basis.
While a massage definitely is a luxury, it has some serious health benefits! Who says being healthy isn’t luxurious? Visit our Massage Therapy page to learn more about our professional massages or book an appointment!