7 Reasons Why Massage Therapy Is Good for You
Everybody seems to know about massage but rarely someone really does! The first thing people think: Massage helps to relax! And often that’s all most people know about it. Here I list for you the main seven reasons to book massage therapy.
Massage counteracts the imbalance caused from sitting
You sit a lot, don’t you? How do you sit? Which arm do use more often? I bet you don’t notice until you pay huge attention to it or someone points it out to you. Nearly every one deals with postural stress, manifesting mainly in shoulder, neck and back pain. A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for e.g. chronic back pain.
Massage therapy relieves headaches
Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches, and according to the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, massage triggers the release of endorphins, natural pain relieving chemicals in the brain.
So, if you are in pain, fighting headaches, did you try receiving a good massage yet?
Massage therapy can prevent/ease muscle soreness
Sometimes your muscles are sore. Good news: you can prevent it! One of my clients was smart enough to book a 2 hours massage session with me the same day he had to run a charity half marathon, organized by his company. The next days he had been feeling great and watched his poor fellow colleagues walking in pain, not to mention climbing stairs…:) And if the muscle are already sore: Massage relieves pain by reducing muscle tension and increased blood flow, according to the Florida State Massage Therapy Association.
Massage Therapy supports your vascular system
The Florida State Massage Therapy Association states that massage lowers high blood pressure, slows the heart rate and improves circulation. The relaxing effect of massage also reduces blood pressure. Good circulation improves the condition of the skin and of course all other tissues.
Massage therapy soothes anxiety and depression
Let’s be honest, everyone gets stressed more often then not. Human touch is incredibly comforting and relaxing, of course as long it is received in a safe, friendly and professional way. Without it most of us become sad, impatient, angry an even depressed. According to the Florida State Massage Therapy Association, massage triggers the release of endorphins, natural pain relieving chemicals in the brain and increases the level of serotonin in the brain, which helps prevent or lessen depression. That’s the same thing many antidepressant medications, (known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors/SSRIs) do.
Massage therapy improves your immune system
Massage stimulates the lymphatic system which helps rid the body of waste, debris, toxins and pathogens, basically the stuff that makes people sick. The heart pumps the blood, we all know, but unfortunately the lymphatic system has no pump such as the heart to help lymph fluid circulate.
As explained on the website of the National Integrated Health Associates, massage helps lymph fluid circulate. This again improves the immune system function: a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2010 found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease).
Massage therapy improves sleep
Massage Therapy improves sleep for both adults, children, babies and even pets. Anxiety, pain, weakened body system and depression often interfere with a good night’s sleep. For above reasons, massage therapy encourages a restful sleep and helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.