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!
Top 5 Health Benefits of Massage:
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.
Read more about the benefits of massage on stress here. Source: Journal of Neuroscience, 2005.
2. It can improve circulation, lower heart rate and help to lower blood pressure.
Massage therapy creates pressure that helps to move fluid through congested areas. This helps new blood to flow into the body’s tissues 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. As well, massage activates the parasympathetic nervous system (“rest and digest”), which can lower heart rate and blood pressure levels.
Here’s a great review of the many health benefits of massage, including on the circulatory system through the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system. Source: Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2014
3. It helps you breathe deeply.
Breathing problems can occur when accessory respiratory muscles that are located in the front and the back of the chest 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, promoting diaphragmatic breathing rather than shallow 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.
Here’s a study showing the immediate benefits of massage on the breathing of cystic fibrosis patients. Source: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis 2009.
4. It helps to improve flexibility of joints.
As we age, our joints tighten and it makes flexibility and motion become more restricted. Massage is an effective way for improving joint range and overall flexibility.
If you are especially physically active, it is important to get massages regularly after you have been engaged in rigorous workouts so that your muscles can recover more efficiently. This will help reduce the muscle tone, and with facilitated stretching, improve your muscles length and consequently, your joint flexibility.
Here’s a study on improving the joint flexibility in sprinters with massage. Source: Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 2008.
5. It is a natural way to fix pain.
When you are in pain or you are recovering from an illness or injury, zit can 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, and it helps the brain release it’s own pain relieving chemicals more effectively.
To enjoy the health benefits of massage, come and see one of our highly experienced Remedial Massage Therapists today.