With this in mind we wanted to highlight just some of the benefits massage therapy can bring to your overall health.
Massage therapy can:
- Counteract all the sitting that you do
In today’s corporate world, we are sitting behind our desks an overage of 40.5 hours per week, all this sitting can wreak havoc in our backs and other muscles. Massage therapy can combat this postural stress by targeting the areas that are affected during those long sit times, as well as give you the tools to better your posture and manage pain caused by the stress produced by the muscle tension that occurs as we sit for long periods of time.
- Ease muscle pain, Improve circulation and treat chronic back pain
Massage therapy contains techniques geared to release muscle tension, and blood circulation through muscle stripping. Massage therapy has been proven to ease chronic back pain and torn muscle “flare ups” by treating affected areas with a variety of soothing techniques to put muscles at rest
- Soothes anxiety and depression
There have been many studies conducted in which patients undergoing severe stress, have reported reduced stress levels after massage. A factor to contribute to this is human touch which can lead to endorphin release and overall body and mind relaxation.
- Improve Sleep
Massage therapy can contribute to a restful sleep, and it can help those who normally have trouble sleeping continuously by releasing endorphins that trigger muscle relaxation and induce heavy sleep.
- Boosts Immunity
Massage has been found to boost white cell count which improves immune function.
- Relieves headaches
Massage has shown to decrease both the frequency and severity of tension headaches caused by stress. Research found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
There are countless other benefits to regular massage therapy; chief of all is a way to take care of your body and mind. Take a day to try out this wonderful practice, and add another health tool to your repertoire.