The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy
Have you experienced the benefits of massage lately?
Have you had a massage lately?
You may be overdue for some TLC. Many see the benefits of massage therapy as relaxing me-time, a luxury event only done while on vacation or on a special occasion.
Studies show that regular massage therapy provides numerous health benefits. Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being. Here are 5 benefits of massage that will have you looking forward to your next one.
1. Massage helps counteract the effects of too much sitting-
The average person spends at least 9 hours a day sitting. It’s hard to escape the fact that the advance of technology has made us a very sedentary society. While many things in our lives have become easier, we have become unhealthy. Sitting has been coined “the new smoking” and almost everyone who sits in front of a computer at work is dealing with some kind of postural stress. Regular massage can counteract the imbalance caused by too much sitting, which can show up as pain and tightness in the neck, shoulders and low back.
2. Massage helps ease muscle pain and speed up recovery-
After a hard workout or physical injury, prolonged pain can be a tiring and frustrating process. Massage therapy can supplement standard recovery and injury rehabilitation procedures. By encouraging circulatory movement and relaxing muscles, massage helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This allows the rehabilitating injured areas to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.
3. Massage can help relieve stress-
Stress is a universal phenomenon and too much of it has a negative effect on the body and causes distress. Distress can lead to headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Massage lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, relaxes your muscles and increases the production of endorphins, your body’s natural feel-good chemical.
4. Massage can help strengthen your immune system-
People who experience high levels of stress tend to get sick more than others. Combine stress with lack of sleep and poor nutrition, and our immune system’s ability to naturally protect itself against bacteria and infection is greatly reduced. Regular massage therapy can increase the body’s natural “killer cells” and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body’s immune functioning overall.
5. Massage can improve circulation
The long-term benefits of massage therapy are more than skin deep. Improved blood circulation is part of the chain reaction that occurs in the body as a result of receiving massage therapy on a regular basis. This increased circulation brings damaged, tense muscles the oxygen-rich blood they need to heal. The pressure created by massage techniques actually moves blood through congested areas and the release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow in. The squeezing and pulling also flush the lactic acid from the muscles and improves the circulation of the lymph fluid which carries metabolic waste away from muscles and internal organs, resulting in lower blood pressure and improved body function.
Sure a massage can be relaxing. But these five health benefits are reason enough to make massage therapy a regular part of your balanced approached to healthy living. Book your appointment today! Massages can be booked online, by phone or in person at the clinic. You can also purchase a gift certificate online or at either one of our clinics.