Massage is a form of healing therapy that’s been around for thousands of years and provides the recipient with both physical and mental benefits. There are many different types of massage techniques that have developed over time such as Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, sports, and acupressure. Here are some of the proven benefits of treating yourself to a massage:
•Pain relief - The massage therapist can focus on specific areas that cause you problems and help reduce stiffness, inflammation, and chronic pain. Massage can provide relief for anything from a sports-related injury to arthritis to Fibromyalgia.
•Relaxation and hormonal balance - Being tense and stressed leads to high levels of a stress hormone called cortisol. High levels of cortisol can lead to weight gain, indigestion, headaches, and sleeplessness. Massage has been shown to reduce cortisol levels and increase serotonin in the body and improve mood.
•Immune system support - Massage stimulates increased bloodflow in your body, which also helps to circulate sickness-fighting white blood cells.
•Time-out - If you’re constantly putting the needs of others first and yourself last, scheduling a regular massage is a great way to block out some “me time” and get away from your responsibilities for a bit.
•Brain-power boost - A study found that those who received a 15-minute chair massage twice a week had increased levels of alertness and increased speed and accuracy at solving math problems.
•Lowers high blood pressure - Another study found that those who get regular massages had lower mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings than those who didn’t.