Many people think that getting a body massage is just a luxury or indulgence. But the truth is, it has numerous benefits not only for the physical but also for the mental and emotional aspects.
REDUCES STRESS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION Massage can reduce stress levels for most people. It also helps in managing and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. According to the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, massage provides other benefits such as improved sleep, increased energy, better concentration, and less fatigue.
PAIN AND STIFFNESS RELIEF Full body massage helps alleviate body pain and stiffness. It also releases endorphins, acting as a pain reliever. Athletes with sore muscles from intense workouts or injuries can benefit from a massage as well.
INCREASED CIRCULATION Massage enhances blood circulation, ensuring that oxygen and nutrients reach tissues and organs efficiently. While massage offers positive medical benefits, it’s essential to continue regular medical care, especially for underlying medical conditions.
SKIN BENEFITS Full body massage eliminates dead skin cells, improving skin tone. Good blood flow also benefits skin appearance and health. Massage aids in tissue regeneration, reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Massage oil moisturizes the skin and provides additional benefits depending on the type of oil used.
IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTION Full body massage aids in the functionality of the immune system by stimulating the lymphatic system, assisting in protecting the body.
MIGRAINE PAIN RELIEF Migraines are often triggered by stress and insufficient sleep. According to a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, participants who received regular massages experienced improved sleep and reduced migraine attacks.
LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that can lead to strokes and heart attacks. According to research published in the journal Biological Research for Nursing, people receiving at least three 10-minute back massages per week had lower blood pressure compared to those who didn’t receive massages.
INCREASING FLEXIBILITY Massage helps maintain flexibility and range of motion by working on muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments. It stimulates the production of natural lubricants between connective tissue fibers.
BREAKING BACK PAIN Back pain is one of the reasons people seek massages, but many are unaware of the extent of its benefits. According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, massage therapy is more effective at relieving back pain than other therapies like acupuncture and spinal modification. It also reduces the use of painkillers by 36 percent.
CURBING CARPAL TUNNEL Carpal Tunnel is a painful condition where the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed, as per the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Symptoms include burning, tingling, and numbness in the palm, thumb, and middle fingers. It can also lead to difficulty in gripping and holding small objects. Treatments include medication, wrist braces, and surgery. However, according to research in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement, patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome who receive regular massages experience less pain, reduced symptoms, and improved grip strength.