How Massage Therapy Can Benefit Your Mental and Physical Health
Massage therapy has many benefits unbeknownst to many of those who do or do not get them. Let’s talk about a few of those benefits and how they can be an integral component in your self-care.
When was the last time you had a massage? If you’re like most people, a massage is reserved for special occasions such as a holiday, a birthday, or an anniversary. After a massage, we find ourselves telling our family and friends how relaxed we feel, but then carry on with our day. Despite how great we feel, most of us don’t think about getting another massage until our next special occasion!
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), roughly 19 percent of the population got a massage at least once between July of 2016 and July 2017 (the anniversary crowd I previously mentioned). However, massages are helpful in dealing with a variety of issues ranging from anxiety to sports injuries. While the research is still ongoing, client testimony has consistently reported positive benefits in multiple areas.
Massage helps to promote healing by improving blood circulation which in turn provides nourishment to damaged, stiff, and tense muscles. Lymph fluid circulation is also improved by the pulling, twisting and squeezing techniques of massage. Lactic acid is pushed out from muscle tissue and metabolic waste products are carried away from internal organs. This results in lower blood pressure levels and overall improved body function.
Massage also promotes muscle relaxation by targeting the source of the body’s pain. Increased activity to the affected area reduces stiffness and increases flexibility in order to reduce pain. Massage helps to trigger the release of endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine, which are hormones in the brain that give us a sense of happiness and well-being. A byproduct of these metabolic actions results in decreased tension, improved mood, and pain reduction.
But don’t take my word for it! Actually, you can take it from me since I’m a licensed massage therapist who’s been at this for over a decade with some pretty amazing results if I do say so myself. Here’s my advice to you: schedule yourself a massage with me if you are so inclined. Not because it’s your birthday or anniversary, but to start yourself on a path to consistent preventative self-care. See how you feel, and ask yourself if you would like to feel like this good all of the time and then determine it’s worth to you.
Massage is one health benefit that can be good for your outside while improving your inside. For the price of a really nice meal you just might leave with decreased or no pain, relaxed muscles and improved sleep. Come in and see for yourself!