There’s no doubt that massages feel amazing, but did you know that the benefits of a treatment last far longer than that post-rub down buzz?
It’s not just the serene music and delicious smelling oils that immediately take you to a stress-free space. These top 5 benefits will explain how planning a regular massage can optimize your health and well being.
Deal with stress and anxiety
Massages have been found to increase blood flow to areas of the brain associated with mood and stress regulation.
A study showed that after a treatment, people’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol dropped by 31 percent while happy hormones like serotonin and dopamine were boosted by 30 percent.
Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are the four hormones responsible for our happiness. Guess what? They get released when you having a massage or reflexology session. How good is this benefit?
Improve posture and realign body imbalances
Everyone has caught themselves slouching over their desk or slumping in a chair at some point. This poor posture can cause a lot of tension in the back and neck, cause headaches, digestion problems and even breathing incapacity.
Besides alleviation of the pain, a benefit of massage is that is can help loosen muscles locked into painful positions and encourage the body find better posture. Massage therapist can see which muscles are under performing and which ones are overcompensating.
With ongoing massage you allow your body to begin to reintroduce healthier movements and your body will begin to naturally position itself in a healthy posture, steering clear of the bad posture that was previously second-nature. After a few treatments posture can improve, together with your gym form!
Reduce muscle pain
Committing to regular massages is a great tool for pain management.
Remedial Massage therapist can focus in on specific problem areas, as well as stiff muscles, and gradually loosen them with increasing blood circulation. These actions help alleviate pain tied to injuries, arthritis and a range of other conditions and may lead to reduction in pain medication.
Even if you are fit as a fiddle, crushing it in the gym or on the field your DOMs can get pretty painful after an intense work out. A monthly massage can be enough to soothe aches and relax those spots that regularly tighten up.
Immune System Support
Stress weaken the immune system and you are more likely to get sick more often, leading to a myriad of other negative side effects such as lack of sleep, a bad diet and fatigue.
Regular massage or reflexology sessions help alleviate stress and, as a result, have been proven to naturally increase the production of disease-fighting white blood cells and increases the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity, which means the ability to fight off bacteria and infection.
If you haven’t had any goals set for this year, may we suggest you add regular massage or reflexology session to your self care routine?
You are worth the investment.