THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Sure, it can help you relax. But massage therapy can do much more than that. Here are six healthy reasons to book an appointment
- It counteracts all that sitting you do: Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress. More often than not that stress tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck. Desk workers are most at risk. More advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting.
- It eases muscle pain: Massage therapy can help. Massage increases and improves circulation helping to relieve the pain.
- It soothes anxiety and depression: Human touch, in an environment that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
- It improves sleep: Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep—it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. Also, if you’re a new parent, you’ll be happy to know it can help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the University of Warwick.
- It boosts immunity: A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease).
- It relieves headaches: Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches. Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy has an immediate effect on perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
Considerable amounts of research clearly suggests that regular massage, can re-train the body to ‘switch off’ during periods of inactivity and in many cases effectively treating these conditions.