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7 Benefits of a Massage
Massages are often considered a luxury in life, meant for only the affluent and privileged. Contrary to this belief, massages are more than affordable for the average consumer. Moreover, the health benefits of regular therapeutic massages are well worth the cost.
Modern medicine has many techniques and cures for our more advanced ailments. Oftentimes we neglect the basics of our physical health. Studies have shown that even a very limited amount of time spent under the care of a massage therapist can provide significant, measurable, emotional and physical benefits.
Massage Therapy – In Ancient and Modern Settings
The use of massage, as a health-related treatment, goes back to ancient times. For example, there is a depiction of massage being conducted on individuals in the Egyptian Tomb of the Physician which dates back to BC 2330. Other evidence of ancient massage treatments have been found in Greece, Mesopotamia, Rome, Korea, Japan, India and China.
Massage therapy involves different forms of pressure applied in specific ways to different locations on the body. This depends on the type of care required. Massage therapy can be done either manually, with mechanical devices or both. It is conducted by highly trained professionals who have studied the different applications and techniques having to do with varying types of massage and their related health objectives. In professional settings, massage therapy is conducted in a calm atmosphere. This is conducive to the overall relaxing effects of the treatment.
Here are 7 Benefits That You Should Consider for Getting Therapeutic Massages
1) Increased Circulation
With the advent of the modern era people now spend much more time indoors and sitting down. The consequences of this modern sedentary lifestyle can be alleviated with massage therapy. Sitting for long periods of time can decrease blood flow and the efficiency of your circulatory system.
In rare cases, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to blood clots, which can prove to be fatal. Massage therapy can help to increase your blood flow and your overall circulatory health, even for individuals who do not or can not exercise.
2) Muscle Health
Massage therapy can also drastically improve your muscle health. Those suffering from chronic back pain have a high percentage chance of responding well to massages.
Other injuries that need physical therapy oftentimes include massages as part of the recovery program. Even athletes, who are constantly using and building their muscles, can benefit from massages. It helps with recovery time and flexibility.
3) Fight Off Sickness
Massages have been shown to increase the efficiency of our immune systems. Massages alone are not enough to become invincible, but they are certainly part of a well balanced and healthy lifestyle.
In fact, studies have shown that massages can help aid in the recovery from breast cancer. Massage therapy will certainly not cure cancer, but it can help to increase the response of your immune system. Massages will also increase your overall health and sense of well being at the same time.
4) Improved Mental Health
Everyone knows that massages are relaxing and enjoyable. But massage therapy can also have a noticeable effect on your mood and mental health in the long-run.
Directly after a massage, dopamine levels are increased, leading to a better overall mood. It can also help reduce your stress in the long-run. Our busy modern day lives add chronic stress that can slowly eat away at us. A massage once a week could potentially be a release for all that built up stress.
5) Sleep Better
Various studies have shown a significant improvement in quality of sleep for people who get regular massages. Most people in the US do not get adequate sleep, partially due to artificial light and excessive work hours. Sleep is an absolutely critical part of overall health and massage therapy is one method of improving your quality of sleep.
Research tells us the increase in the production of endorphins (feel good chemicals), such as serotonin, can also be a by-product of massage. Patients will frequently see improvements in their blood pressure and heart rate. These benefits can oftentimes be observed within just a single session!
6) Relaxation Benefits
Those who have undergone this form of therapy have reported remarkable improvements when it comes to the treatment of chronic muscle pain. Patients are oftentimes surprised by the many other types of health improvements associated with therapeutic massage.
7) Improved Posture and Body Movement
Since massage therapy also promotes healthy and natural body movements, a sense of physical freedom can be achieved through treatment. A more relaxed and natural posture, which may also result, can overcome many types of poor posture-associated pain. With an improved posture, there is also a relief of pressure points and elimination of constrictive muscle tightness. This release of tightness will promote greater freedom of movement. Studies indicate that an improved posture helps when it comes to your overall mood and how others view you.
As you can see, the benefits of massage therapy can extend far beyond just a few minutes of relaxation. That’s why it has been employed by numerous cultures over multiple centuries. If you’re interested in attaining a healthier lifestyle, you should consider adding massage therapy to your health regimen.
All of our Licensed Massage Therapists are trained and experienced in injury rehabilitation. One of their most common used techniques is deep tissue massage to ensure each muscle in the body gets the attention it needs. However they also practice many more techniques. Each patient receives the treatment their therapist thinks is best for them.
During an aromatherapy massage, you inhale essential oil molecules or absorb them through your skin. You and your therapist can discuss what oils might benefit you most, or what oils you prefer for scent. Use of therapeutic essential oils in massage can be beneficial for stress & anxiety, sleep, depression, allergies or sinus issues and much more.
Hot Stones is also another form of ancient alternative medicine using smooth volcanic or basalt stones. The stones are placed along the spine or are used as tools to massage the body with. Hot Stone therapy is great for stress relief & relaxation, circulation, sleeping troubles and most of all helping to relieve muscle tension.
Research shows prenatal massage therapy can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Prenatal massage therapy addresses different needs and other issues with a variety of techniques. We hope to make your pregnancy as comfortable and pain free as possible!
Cupping is a form of ancient alternative medicine in which your massage therapist places special cups on your back and neck (or any other area being treated) to create suction. The suction helps to relieve pain & inflammation, produce blood flow, relax the body, and also acts as another form of deep tissue massage. We urge people to try it at least once! We also offer this service at no extra charge!