Receiving a massage is such a blissful experience – you feel relaxed as tension melts away from your body and the outside worries seem to be nonexistent. Studies continue to prove the benefits of massage on a physical and emotional level, with noticeable benefits even after just one massage! Research shows that massage can lower blood pressure, lower heart rate and relax muscles, some of the common unwanted results of our “on-the-go” lifestyle. Massage can aid in the release of endorphins, your body’s “feel good” hormone.
In today’s culture, many people sit at desks in their workplace for hours on end. This promotes poor posture by hunching forward to hack away at the keyboard. Not only does tension build in your neck and back; but, over time, you develop poor posture as some muscles become fatigued while others become overworked. This hunched over posture can also have an effect on your breathing as the chest cavity may become compressed. Massage addresses this by relaxing muscles and reprogramming them on the correct way of being.
Another unwanted effect of sitting for extended periods of time is that your body is not getting the movement it wants and needs. This leads to a decreased range of motion in joints and nagging pains. Massage not only addresses your muscles, but also the connective tissue that surrounds them as well as your joint cavities. Through working these parts of your body, your optimal functioning can be renewed.
Massage also plays a role in boosting your immune system. Massage works with the body’s lymphatic system, the system in your body that rids you of waste. Through regular massage, the body’s lymphatic circulation, blood flow and natural killer cells levels (your first line of defense in your body) are increased.
Some additional therapeutic benefits of massage include:
- stress reduction and relief
- improved circulation
- relief from headaches
- reduces neck, shoulder and back aches/problems
- helps with insomnia
- helps with digestive disorders, bowel trouble and pms symptoms
- boost immune system