More Than Just a Spa Day: Benefits of a Regular Massage
Massages seem to always be something people get for a “spa day” or when they splurge and treat themselves. This is a great way to treat your body to an hour or so of relaxation, but massages should not just be used as a once in a while treatment. The human body has so much tension and stiffness, and in order to feel our best, a weekly, biweekly, or monthly massage can do the trick! For example, what is your natural reaction when you hit your funny bone, or when you get a muscle cramp in your calf? You rub it as fast as your can to alleviate the pain! Massage is helpful for those of us that lead a busy, hectic, or active lifestyle.
1.) Counteracts All your Sitting and Helps Posture. More Americans than ever slouch causing stress in the spine. While we are sitting, we are in a “flexed” state that causes stress and tension to build up. More often than not, that stress tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck. More advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and glutes caused by prolonged periods of sitting. Luckily, massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting, which means you can keep your desk job—as long as you schedule a regular massage to help align your body!
2.) Alleviate Your Sore Muscles. When our muscles are sore or stiff, this is typically caused by a back up of lactic acid. Massage therapy can help tremendously. Massage increases fresh blood circulation, just as described above, when you have a muscle in pain you rub it… Massage is the exact same idea. Its moves the properties around inside of your body to release the lactic acid build up and helps you feel more limber and stretched out.
3.) Improves Sleep. Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep, it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. Massage promotes relaxation and calmness. You’re less likely to have stress interfering with your sleep after a massage. There are many studies that show that massage can actually reduce some of the stress hormone exposure in your body.
4.) Relieves Headaches and Migraines. Some types of massage have helped ease migraine pain. Head massages temporarily relieve head pain for some sufferers. Massage is thought to relieve pain by releasing the chemical serotonin. Massage may also block pain signals sent to the brain, which might help prevent migraines.
5.) Full Body Turnover. A weekly or biweekly massage will accelerate the turnover of the treated tissue while shedding old cells. Massage stimulates the circulation in the body which can relieve lactic build up (that causes soreness after workouts), improves breathing rhythm, takes some stress off of our joints to help move with ease, and helps with elimination of metabolic waste. Also, the oil and/or lotion that the massage therapist uses will help to quench your body’s thirst and help with your dry skin, especially in areas that you cannot reach.
Not only are massages relaxing and peaceful, but they truly do a body good. Treat yourself to a massage this week and talk to the massage therapist about a routine massage for upkeep. With each massage you get, the better you will feel.