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Getting a massage is beneficial in a lot of ways as it helps you manage your stress levels, helps relieve pain and it is a good way of having some me-time since you are able to relax.

The top 5 Health benefits of massage therapy includes the following:

1. It helps reduce stress levels in the body

Stress can take its toll on one emotionally and physically. The long term effects of stress on the body can cause headaches, increased blood pressure, chest pain, stomach problems and difficulties in sleeping. It can also make the symptoms of some diseases worse. Having a massage can help you reduce your stress levels by lowering your heart rate, relaxing your muscles and reducing your blood pressure.

Feel good chemicals are released into your body that make you calmer and help you overcome stress easily. Massage therapy is capable of increasing ones overall energy and boosting physical and mental performance.

2. It leads to improved blood circulation

Massage therapy creates pressure that helps to move the blood through congested areas. This helps new blood to flow into the body and results into improved body function. Poor blood circulation can cause a lot of discomforts such as fatigue, and body aches. With massage therapy, there is improved circulation which gives the tense muscles blood that is rich in oxygen required for healing.

3. It helps you breathe deeply

Breathing problems can occur when accessory respiratory muscles that are located in the front and the back become regularly tight and shortened. This disrupts the normal breathing patterns. Massage is useful in helping to relax these muscles as it trains the body and helps to improve breathing.

It also helps to improve respiratory problems like bronchitis, sinus, asthma and allergies. Posture can also be corrected with massage as the chest area, rib cage expansion and structural alignment necessary for optimal lung function becomes open.

4. It helps to improve flexibility of the joint

As we age, our joints tighten and it makes flexibility and motion get more restricted. Massage therapy is an important way for improving motion and flexibility. This way your joints are less prone to injuries and they are more fluid.

If you are especially very physically active, it is important to get massages all the time after you have been engaged in rigorous workouts so that your muscles can bounce back. This is because your muscles tend to become loose and you become more prone to sprains and strains in the course of working out.

5. It helps one cope with pain

When you are in pain or you are recovering from an illness or injury, it could be frustrating as it will affect the quality of your life negatively. Massage therapy can help one in coping with the associated pain as it relaxes the muscle and encourage circulatory movement. The body is able to pump more oxygen and other important nutrients into the vital organs and tissues thus helping the injured area to be more flexible and heal faster.

To enjoy the health benefits of massage therapy, you should try and treat yourself to a massage session.