It would definitely be amazing to make a visit to the spa and spend some time to relax your tensed muscles. But, did you know that in addition to lightening up your mood, you could actually benefit good physical health through a massaging session?
Well, it’s time for surprises!
#1 Massage Therapy Benefits – Better Mind
Stress is an inevitable part of our day-to-day lives. And it is almost impractical to get rid of stress on a daily basis. In fact, more than 90% of the diseases are caused on account of stress. So, it is wise if we reduce our physical and emotional stress to improve our overall health and well-being.
One hour of massage could effectively lower the concentration levels of cortisol (a hormone secreted when under stress) by 30% and increase the concentration levels of serotonin which boosts your body’s ability to fight against anxiety and depression.
And it is surprising that massages could induce happiness and reduce stress levels to patients after engaging in a massaging session.
Even women diagnosed with breast cancer, when they undergo a massaging session, they tend to recover from the feelings of depression and anger.
#2 Massage Therapy Benefits – Eases Prolonged Sitting Effects
You and I have not been designed to be seated for prolonged hours of time. Sitting twelve hours in front of your desktop in a crisp air-conditioned room could cause stooping of your back and tightness in your shoulders by holding your hands in a weird posture for typing on the keyboard.
Aaron Tanason, a renowned massage therapist in Toronto, says, “Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress. More often than not that stress tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck”.
But desk workers ought to be agile, for more advanced forms of postural stress now show up in the form of aches in the low back and glutes.
In this concern, massage therapy comes to your rescue by counteracting the imbalances caused by sitting. And that’s good news for you! You can work tirelessly on your desktop and yet take care of muscle stresses.
#3 Massage Therapy Benefits – Better Sleep
Lisa Marie de Miranda, a renowned masseuse in Toronto, says, “Massage promotes relaxation and sleeps in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy”.
The benefits of massage not only endorses a restful sleep but also helps those who can’t otherwise easily rest, cancer patients for that matter.
Further, according to research at the University of Warwick, massages have caused infants to sleep more, cry less, and be stressed less. Both registered massage therapists and mothers could carry out infant sleep massaging. There is really no particular technique but whatever you could do as a mother to soothe your baby will be effective.
#4 Massage Therapy Benefits – Eases Muscle Pain
Most of you would have experienced sore muscles or would have encountered Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) after a rigorous workout. And a massage after your workout is a glorious feeling as it reduces pain and helps your muscles recover.
Tanason says, ” Massage increases and improves circulation. Just like rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain”.
In fact, health professionals and athletes have asserted that massage therapies proved good to ease inflammation, improve blood flow, and reduce muscle tightness.
And a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, in the year 2011, found that massage therapy was as effective as the other means of treating chronic pain.
#5 Massage Therapy Benefits – Better Immunity
We’ve known all along that massages helps to relax and relieve pains. But it might be new to some of you that massages could boost your immunity.
It has been proven by researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, that those who engaged themselves in a 45-minute massage, have been known to have shown an increase in the number of lymphocytes (one type of white blood cells) that play a vital role in defending your mortal bodies from diseases.
In addition to that, massaging has proven to improve the immunity levels of individuals contracted with HIV.
#6 Massage Therapy Benefits – Eases Headaches
There are two different types of headaches: muscle tension and vascular headaches. Muscle tensions cause dull pain on either side of your head while vascular tensions are the ones that we commonly refer to as throbbing.
Massage therapy aids to relieve you of both kinds of headaches by easing muscle tension. This exerts less pressure on the nerves and the blood vessels that cause tensions. Further, it helps to improve the circulation of oxygen-rich blood, thereby relieving you of all pains.
So, the next time you experience seething emotions and growling pains, book a massaging appointment with us at Healthcure. With expertise masseurs and masseuses, we are at your disposal to relieve you of all pain and help you breathe the air of calm and peace.