|Posted on October 2, 2015 at 8:35 AM|
10 Health Benefits of a Weekly Massage
Therapeutic massage feels great, but it also provided benefits to any life style. There have been several medical studies and clinical trials conducted to show the positive results from this alternative treatment. If you would like to improve your mental and physical health, here are 10 reasons to have a weekly massage.
1. Reduces Stress
According to the May Clinic, massage reduces the levels of adrenaline and cortisol. They are the stress chemicals your body produces when you are under stress. This reduction last for several days after the session.
2. Balanced Moods
If you moods vary by any degree from day to day, regular massage treatments can help balance your emotions. Once your stress hormones are reduced and those feel good endorphins are increased, you’ll feel more at peace with yourself and the world.
3. Eases Depression and Anxiety
Many studies indicate massage could relieve anxiety and depression. The change in the body chemistry provides benefits. As massage decreases cortisol, it increases your serotonin and dopamine levels at the same time. These chemicals are thought to play a major role in both depression and anxiety.
4. Helps Improve Sleep
Tossing and turning. It’s difficult to feel good physically, mentally or emotionally when you’re not sleeping. Studies have indicated that regular massage sessions, especially combined with aromatherapy, can improve your sleep.
5. Massage is a Painkiller
A study showed neuroscientists compared brain activity of people receiving massage and found it activated the same part of the brain that is activated by opioid painkillers like codeine. So if you’re having a few aches and pains, just point them out and I would be happy to work on the area.
6. Boosts Your Immunity
Massage changes our bloods compost for the better. In a 45 minute Swedish massage studies showed the recipients had a higher level of blood protein that helps and protects the body from thinks like tumors and viral infections.
7. Eases, Reduces, and Prevents Headaches (including Migraines)
Headaches are caused by a lot of things, a major cause is tension in the neck that restricts blood flow to the brain. A study suggested two 30 minute massage per week could reduce the severity and frequency among chronic headache suffers.
8. Reduces Muscle Soreness
Weather it is from being a weekend warrior, hitting the gym a little harder than normal or the everyday life of typing and texting, a study advised weekly massage will reduce muscle soreness and pain that can interfere with your everyday life.
9. Improves Flexibility
According to a study published in International Journal of Neuroscience two 30 minute weekly massages can improve back flexibility and relieve pain associated with lower back stiffness.
10. Helps YOU Get to Know Your BODY
Massage will help you discover tight and sore places you may not notice when moving. The self-awareness will allow you to stretch more and work differently to allow healing to the sure spots. This may even help you side-step injuries.