13 Great Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Massage
13 Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Massage
There are few things more enjoyable than to treat yourself to a good massage. However, you probably don’t have as many of them as you should. Massages don’t just feel great, but they’re also very beneficial to your physical and psychological health.
Massage can relieve pain, speed healing, and even reduce anxiety and depression.
There’s more to a massage than just a pleasant experience. Massage is a powerful way to enhance your life.
Treat yourself to a massage and enjoy these numerous benefits:
- It feels good. What feels better than a massage? A good massage therapist will leave you feeling better than you’ve ever felt. If this were the only benefit massage provided, a massage would still be worth the time and money., but massage has much more to offer.
- A massage can decrease anxiety and depression. If you’ve ever had a massage, you know how relaxing it can be. Studies have shown that receiving a massage on a regular basis can be an effective means of combating anxiety. Interestingly, massage is also used to treat depression.
- Pain reduction. Massage can be healing and can reduce pain. Massage can release endorphins, decrease tightness, and increase blood flow to the area being massaged. These effects have the ability to reduce pain.
- Recover faster from workouts. Professional athletic teams often have a full time massage therapist. Massage therapy can increase recovery and aid in the prevention of injuries. Luckily, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to get a massage!
- Reduction in severity and frequency of headaches. Chronic headaches respond positively to massage. If you’re struggling with headaches, massage might be the answer for your looking for.
- Enhance immunity. Massage boosts your white blood cell count. White blood cells are a critical part of your body’s ability to fight infection. A strong immune system is also linked to longevity.
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- A massage is relaxing. It relaxes you through and through – physically and mentally.
- Reduce hypertension. Regular massage has been shown to be an effective treatment for hypertension.
- Improved posture. Massage decreases the tightness and pain that often lead to poor posture. Poor posture continues to get worse unless you do something to combat it. Massage can help.
- Reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. Fibromyalgia is especially responsive to massage. Those with fibromyalgia suffer from pain, anxiety, sleep disturbances, stiffness and depression. Massage is effective at treating all of those issues.
- Enhance mood. Massage has demonstrated the ability to alter one’s mood positively. No one walks away from a massage feeling worse about their life.
- You’ll be more flexible. A massage can really loosen you up. Your range of motion is better after a massage then it was before.
- Last, but possibly my favorite, Improved sleep. You’ll find that you sleep like a baby if you’ve had a massage recently. You’ll fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. A massage is relaxing but it can also wear you out. Both aid in sleep.
Who knew there were so many amazing reasons to get a regular massage?
Massages can be expensive, but it is more expensive to be forced out of work due to pain, limited range of motion among other things. If you listen to your body when it is whispering to you, “I’m in pain, we should do something about it”, getting a massage would be very beneficial. Waiting to get a massage until after your forced out of work due to pain will cost you so much more in the long run. Example: loss of wages, being out of work for days, weeks or worse, months, costly doctor/chiropractor or medical bills.
Massage is not only a great way to enhance your physical and mental health, but a good way to keep your body in prime condition. Feeling amazing afterward is just a huge bonus.