With today’s busy schedule, more and more people are turning to massage to help them relax and relieve tension from the daily stress of their hectic lives or to maintain good health.
However, there is no harm in pampering yourself and winding down. A good massage therapist at a day spa will ensure that they give you a good massage that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
With that said, let’s look at some of the surprising benefits of massage therapy
It counteracts the negative effects of prolonged sitting
It is no secret that sitting for too long can cause harm to one’s health. But massage can counteract the postural imbalances caused by prolonged sitting. Massage can help to reduce upper back pain and shoulder pain caused by prolonged sitting in front of the computer. It also helps to increase blood flow. So if you want to eliminate back pain from sitting for an extended period, consider having a regular massage.
It relieves muscle pain
If you have sore muscles, massage therapy can help you since massage therapists tend to focus on muscles. Having a massage will help in increasing and improve your circulation. Increased circulation leads to increased blood flow to the stiff muscles, helping promote healing, flexibility, and range of motion. Massage therapy can also help to prevent future injury. A study published in 2011 found the benefits of massage therapy to be as effective as other treatment methods for chronic back pain.
Massage therapy helps to relieve depression and anxiety
Anxiety and depression not only affect your mind, but they also affect your body. When your fight-or-flight response turns on during periods of stress, hormones are released in the body that diverts blood flow to crucial areas of the body, enabling quick movements of muscles.
Massage therapy has been shown to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression because it increases serotonin and dopamine levels, leading to a decrease in symptoms of depression. Regular massage has also been shown to reduce cortisol- a stress hormone, which can reduce anxiety.
Massage therapy improves sleep
After a massage, the calming effect of increased serotonin and dopamine levels encourages more restful and peaceful sleep. Whether it is stress, pain, or anxiety that stops you from having quality sleep at night, massage therapy can help relieve these conditions that could be keeping you awake during the night. A full spa experience will help improve your sleep.
Massage therapy can help to relieve headaches and migraines
The common causes of annoying aches and pains causing migraines and headaches are muscle knots. A massage focusing on knots in the neck, shoulder, and head can significantly reduce the pain. A massage therapist can use trigger point therapy or another way of releasing knots in these areas to combat muscle tightening and what could be causing the tension headaches.
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