Most people think of massages as a bit of relaxation. But did you know that massages actually offer a great range of health benefits as well? Here’s why you should be booking yourself in for a massage regularly.
Releases Muscle Tension
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of massage therapy is that it helps ease any tension in your muscles. By increasing the flow of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles, massages reduce stiffness and swelling, and remove built up lactic acid, allowing your body to relax and recover.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Studies have proven that a regular massage schedule helps lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure indicators, as well as reducing cortisol levels (better known as the stress hormone). It’s a no-brainer that this is a good thing.
The pressure and movement of massage techniques directly help blood flow through damaged or congested areas of the body, vastly increasing circulation and improving the function of all parts of the body.
Strengthens Immune System
It’s believed that frequent massages help boost the body’s cytotoxic capacity (activity of natural “killer cells”) which, when combined with proper nutrition and sleep, enhances the body’s ability to stay strong and resilient.
By lulling you into a state of relaxation and affecting your hormone levels, massages can help you sleep better. Not only can they help you improve the quality of the sleep, they can also help those who struggle to sleep in the first place.
The overarching benefit of massage therapy is, of course, stress relief. By decreasing the body’s level of cortisol (the stress hormone), massages provide immediate relaxation and mood improvement. With regular treatments, it also boosts energy levels and, thanks to the therapeutic effects of human touch, can also soothe anxiety and depression.