A simple touch can do so much for us humans. It can calm us down when we’re anxious. It can remind us that someone loves us and can make us smile. One touch can reaffirm us that someone is there for us to help us through our hardships.
Did you know that the simple act of touch, especially massage, provides several benefits to your body and your mind?
Massage can provide us with so many benefits that go beyond simple relaxation. In fact, here are ELEVEN benefits that massage therapy can provide for you!
Relieves Stress – This is a no-brainer. Massage therapy has been known to significantly lower heart rate and the levels of cortisol and insulin, which in turn lowers your stress level.
Helps You Stay Healthy – Several studies are showing that massage may very well boost immunity. When you’re stressed out, your body produces cortisol, which then in turn kills off cells that are important for your immunity. When you get a massage, the levels of cortisol lower, which may help you avoid getting a cold or some other illness while you’re stressed.
Improves Posture – Bad posture can be hard to correct. Luckily, massage helps reinforce natural and healthy movements of the body, and that can help you reclaim your good posture once more!
Improves Circulation – The pressure that comes from massaging causes new blood to flow throughout your body, including through congested areas.
Lowers Blood Pressure – Did you know that an effective way to fight off high blood pressure and potentially keep it away naturally is massage therapy? Well, now you do!
Relieves Headaches – We all hate when we get headaches, especially if they’re recurrent. But did you know that approximately 45 million American suffer from chronic headaches and migraines? Luckily for these chronic headache sufferers, massage helps ease the pressure and pain that’s felt during headaches and migraines. This can also reduce the frequency and chance of obtaining headaches in the future!
Improves Flexibility and Range of Motion – Stand back, yoga! Massage therapy can also do wonders for one’s flexibility and range of motion! As we get older and older, our joints tighten, and our range of motion tends to get more and more restricted. Massage helps keep the joints more fluid, which will make you more flexible. And you know what that means? You’ll be less prone to injury!
Promotes Deeper, Easier Breathing – A good way to tell that you’re anxious or stressed is by the shallow breaths you take in and out. Massage can not only help you relax, but it can also play important part in relieving respiratory issues you may have, and it can also help teach your body how to relax.
Relaxes Tense Muscles – One of the most well-known benefits of massage is relaxing tense muscles. If you have muscle pain, back pain, or neck pain (and you work at a desk 8 hours a day), then more than likely your job is the root of your pain. Massage can help get to the root of the pain and relax all of your tense muscles so that you may have better posture, movement, and blood flow.
Helps in Rehabilitation After Surgery – Massage helps pump fresh blood and more oxygen and nutrients into your body’s tissues and vital organs, which in turn tends to help those who are recovering from surgery.
Improves Rehab After an Injury – Injuries are no fun, and rehab can be just as frustrating. Luckily, a constant massage program can help in accelerating the recovery process and keep you calm, focused, and motivated in your rehabilitation.