The Unexpected Benefits of Getting a Massage
The Body Effects
Regular massages can have amazing effects on your muscles, circulation and respiratory system. In fact, massage therapy is often referred by chiropractors and primary care physicians as an appropriate treatment course for many ailments.
- It won’t shock you to hear that a massage can help your muscles relax, but it also treats chronic pain phenomenally. Depending on the severity and placement of the pain, massage therapists will develop a custom plan of action to address the pain points. Proper treatment requires multiple appointments, usually every 4-8 weeks.
- When a licensed massage therapist loosens muscles around your ribcage and throat, you’ll be able to breathe better instantly. Sore muscles often constrict our lungs’ and diaphragm’s ability to function at their best.
- Techniques used by a licensed massage therapist also help move blood and lymph through any areas where they may be “stuck.” After a massage, you’ll notice a major improvement in circulation and joint mobility.
The Mind Effects
So, after a few massage appointments you’ll notice your body moving and feeling a lot better, but be sure to take note of how your mind is feeling as well. While your brain may not be receiving direct contact, there are many mental benefits from a massage.
- When you get a massage, your body releases endorphins. These are the happy chemicals often related to a “runner’s high.” You’ll notice an extra bounce in your step and more energy to tackle the rest of the day.
- A good massage should help you relax, physically and mentally. While your muscles are being put at ease, your brain is decreasing cortisol levels and increasing serotonin. You’ll feel less stress and happier. These chemicals also are linked to boosting your immune system!
- If you can’t seem to get enough sleep on a regular basis, consider the rise in dopamine levels you’ll get from a massage. This leads to good, steady sleep habits so you can have better nights.
The Life Effects
The holistic approach our massage therapists use toward each client takes their personal life into consideration. Knowing a client is experiencing a lot of stress at work or a particular lower back pain when they drive is crucial for us to give the best massage possible. Therefore, emotional relaxation is the third key benefit of getting a massage. Numerous studies have shown that taking the time to indulge in self-care activities, such as getting a massage, can increase self-esteem. Showing yourself that you deserve to feel relaxed and pain-free creates a better sense of worth from within.
If you’re ready to start your mind, body and spirit relaxation, be sure to schedule your next massage session with Simply Blissed.