Massage therapy used to be an alternative treatment approach. But through the years, it has become much more mainstream and is now being recognized even by the medical community as a viable treatment option. With such growing demand, more and more insurance companies even started providing coverage for treatment sessions.
But if you have any doubts on what a good massage can really do for you, check out some of its health benefits below.
It promotes relaxation.
When our body is tensed and under a lot of pressure, it produces a lot of cortisol, known as the stress hormone. Having unhealthy levels of this hormone contributes to weight gain, headaches, sleep, and digestive issues. But the good news is that massage therapy has been observed to help reduce the levels of cortisol, enabling the body to enter recovery mode. Moreover, it also encourages a lasting feeling of relaxation and boosts energy level.
It can help lower blood pressure.
It has been found that regular massage therapy sessions reduce both systolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number) since it reduces cortisol which is a major contributor to increased blood pressure levels. Furthermore, consistent massage therapy sessions also reduce anxiety, hostility, tension, and depression, which also encourages elevated blood pressure levels.
It promotes muscle relaxation.
Massage therapy promotes circulation to the affected or injured areas which increases nutrients and oxygen flow to the damaged tissues. This increased activity on the affected areas reduces stiffness and swelling, also known as edema, in the muscles and joints and increases flexibility in the area that helps reduce pain. Moreover, massage therapy releases endorphins, the body’s pain-killing hormones, which in turn boosts dopamine and serotonin levels,also called as the feel-good hormones as they encourage and promote healing and calmness.
It helps improve blood circulation.
This form of therapy, promotes improved blood circulation because it moves the blood through the damaged and congested areas in the body, as well as causes new blood to flow into the tissues. Massage also helps remove lactic acid buildup from the muscles and may improve lymphatic fluid circulation as well.
It helps improve posture.
Many people suffer from back, neck, and muscle pain from a variety of sources but one of the primary causes of these pains is poor posture. Chronic back pain, which is the most common cause of disability, is often a result of incorrect or poor standing or sitting posture.
Improving one’s posture is one of the most important benefits of massage therapy as it helps a lot in getting the body back in proper alignment by relaxing and loosening tenses muscles from a bad posture. This in turn, helps the body to position itself in its organic and pain-free posture.
It helps strengthen immunity.
Individuals who are experiencing constant and high-levels of stress are more vulnerable to illness and injury. Stress combined with sleep problems and poor nutrition, greatly reduces the body’s natural ability to protect itself against infections, pathogens, and bacteria also known as immunity. Thus, reducing stress and promoting relaxation through a regular massage session can clearly help improve and strengthen the body’s immune system.
Massage therapy is indeed one of the most relaxing activities you can ever do that can have significant impacts on your health and overall well-being. Convinced? It’s time to book your much-needed massage therapy session!