Some people think that a massage is only a luxury for relaxation. While it is true that massage does help you relax, that is only one of the many benefits of therapeutic massage. Here are 9 more benefits of massage that will help you live in wellness.
· Massage helps to relax tense muscles, improve blood flow and remove toxins from the body, which all contribute to chronic pain. Massage also triggers the body’s release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.
· Studies have shown that clients use less pain medication and medications to reduce stress if they get regularly scheduled massages.
· Massage helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, which acts as the body’s natural defense against environmental toxins, viruses and bacteria.
· Massage activates the parasympathetic part of the nervous system, responsible for relaxing the body. Some studies have shown massage may also affect the production and release of melatonin, a natural hormone that encourages sleep.
· By helping your mind and body to relax, massage can reduce the mental noise that is often so distracting. Massage also improves the balance of hormones such as serotonin, which can improve focus.
· Massage helps to decrease levels of stress and anxiety, which can be underlying causes of hypertension (high blood pressure). It reduces the production of cortisol, a hormone present in high stress situations.
· Massage contributes to a sense of well-being, in part because it encourages the body to release “feel-good” hormones like serotonin and oxytocin.
· Using nourishing cream lotion or oil, as well as the movements of the massage therapist’s hands along the body, the skin benefits from the increased blood flow and lymph circulation. The skin is the body’s largest organ and the one most exposed to harmful external influences. It is important to keep the skin healthy and strong.
· Proprioception is the sense of where our body is in space and time. Lack of healthy touch can impair this sense, but massage can restore it and make you less clumsy and more surefooted.