Massage therapy is one of the best things you can do for your health. Massage was used by several ancient cultures to treat injuries and cure terminal conditions. Massage therapy continues to hold its place as one of the most effective, safe and natural ways to treat mental and physical ailments, such as stress, pain, anxiety and depression. High blood pressure is a serious condition that could lead to heart attacks, kidney failures or strokes. Massage can help regulate blood sugar levels of those with or without diabetes. Poor nutrition, lack of sleep and stress have weakened our immune systems, making us more susceptible to illness. Massage therapy can increase your body’s natural ability to protect itself and keep you healthy when others are sick.
Here are its top 10 benefits of massage:
1. Pain Relief
One of the biggest reasons people get massages is to relieve pain. Whether it’s chronic pain from arthritis, stiffness from lack of mobility, an illness, menstral cramps, pain from excessive exercising, massage therapy is a holistic, noninvasive way to help the body heal itself through circulation stimulation. Therapists apply just the perfect amount of pressure to relax the muscles and increase circulation.
2. Stress Relief
Stress affects everyone which intern affects your hormones. Regular full body customized massages helps to bring your body and mind to a peaceful state which raises the body’s production and release of endorphins. These are stress and pain preventing hormones that enhance mood and boost immunity. Reducing your stress levels will do wonders for your current mental and physical health. Additionally, reducing stress helps prevent potential diseases from manifesting in your body.
3. Increases Circulation
Stimulating blood flow and your lymphatic systems through regular massage therapy is extremely therapuentic. While the massage therapist applies pressure, stimulates muscles and helps diminish your pain, your circulatory system pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and organs. Increased circulation improves blood flow, detoxifies (removes waste away from muscles and internal organs), lowers blood pressure, and improves overall body function.
4. Boosts Immunity
Certain massages and techniques will improve the flow of lymph, which is a bodily fluid that fights infection and disease, as well as remove excess lymph through manual drainage. A strong immune system will help you fend off colds and fight infections fast.
5.Improves Posture and Flexibility
Regular massage therapy can do wonders for your posture and flexibility. Massage therapy loosens and relaxes muscles, which relieves pressure points and with the appropriate sports massage techniques can give your joints a greater range of motion.
6. Lowers Blood Pressure
There are several factors that cause high blood pressure, including stress, anxiety and anger may also be contribing factors. One way to combat high blood pressure and prevent such conditions is through massage. Regular massages have been found to lower blood pressure, by reducing the stress-hormone levels that can cause onset depression, anxiety and anger. Being pain-and stress-free will greatly affect your blood pressure and allow you to relax your mind.
7. Relaxes Muscles and Mind
Considering the amount of stressors surrounding us every day, it’s sometimes impossible to allow our minds and bodies to relax and release. Massage therapy is one of the easiest ways to achieve this because it activates the body’s parasympathetic nervous system that controls its ability to feel good. Massage therapy loosens and relaxes tense, overworked muscles by breaking up adhesions that cause discomfort. In addition to relaxing your body, massage therapy also calms a racing mind.
8. Rehabilitates Injuries
Physical therapy, occupational therapy and other forms of rehabilitation are important to the healing and recovery of injuries, but it doesn’t totally prevent experiencing pain or additional injuries. This is where massage therapy fits in as a supplement to standard rehab. Massage therapy will help increase circulation, relax muscles, increase flexibility and posture and reduce recovery time, while easing stress that may be intensified from painful injuries.
9. Flushes Bodily Toxins
Massage therapy plays an important role in clearing toxins from your body. Regular massages can flush out lactic acid build-up in muscles, promote sinus drainage, loosen mucus in the lungs and break up scar tissue. Flushing out toxins and clearing the normal byproducts of muscle metabolism can result in reduced fatigue, improved stamina and accelerated healing of muscle tears or injuries.
10. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Through various techniques and modalities, blood sugar levels are reduced to allow for greater mobility and elasticity in the body. In addition to regulated blood sugar levels, massage therapy also reduces anxiety and depression.