Need to melt away some stress? A massage might be the first thing that comes to mind! Did you know that it’s great for so much more, though? While it takes away daily tensions and pressures, massages also bring a number of health benefits to the table. Go ahead and indulge in a relaxing massage- it’s great for your mind and body!
How’s Your Health?
We all know that sitting all day or staying up all night isn’t very healthy, but what we may not know is how that’s affecting our overall wellbeing. When the stress gets stacked on and posture starts to decline, health issues can start to arise. Massages are a fantastic way to ease those built-up tensions.
Relaxation isn’t just a perk of getting a massage, it’s a vital component of this technique. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and lack of focus are all stress-related health issues that can be reduced with the therapeutic effects of receiving human touch in a context that is safe, friendly, and professional. Research shows that the positive effects of massage decrease stress hormones and increase feel-good brain chemicals, such as serotonin and dopamine. This explains why it’s effective in helping those with depression and chronic fatigue symptoms.
With a less-stressed mind, it’s no surprise that sleep comes easier. Massages promote overall relaxation, leading to a sounder sleep. By encouraging a more restful state, the body has an opportunity to comfortably relax and replenish energy.
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
When you’re feeling stressed, your body manifests that feeling physically. Your muscles and joints hold onto tension whether you’re sitting or standing, both inside and outside of your body. If you’re sitting at a desk job all day, a massage can counteract that imbalance. Postural stress might show up as pain or weakness, so massages reduce this stiffness by increasing circulation and improving flexibility and mobility.
With increased circulation also comes boosted immunity. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2010 found that massages increased patients’ white blood cell counts and improved immune function. Massage sessions help carry oxygenated blood throughout the body at an enhanced speed, healing the body more efficiently. Better circulation also aids in improved heart health and a healthy nervous system. By working out inner tensions, massages are capable of returning our bodies to normal functional levels.
Getting a massage feels great and has even better benefits for your mind and body. A little indulgence can do a whole lot of good, so what are you waiting for? Connect with us to learn more or book your session online. We’re looking forward to helping you stress less!