When we think of massages, we think of them as a way of pampering and a part of some some rest and relaxation. While it is true that massages are a great way to pamper yourself as a reward for an accomplishment or as a birthday gift and maybe even as part of a vacation treat, their benefits go much further than just feeling good and relaxed.
The next time you go for a massage, you are well within your rights to take a sick day from work because of the many health benefits of having massage. You could just as easily be going to the doctor, but a massage does not cause the anxiety that a lot of people feel about going to the doctor.
1. Receiving a massage can alleviate chronic pain.
This may seem obvious, but there are many people out there who live with chronic back, shoulder and neck issues. Massages can reduce the causes of this pain, which can be a healthier and more holistic approach than reaching for synthetic drugs or other forms of pain relief.
2. Massages promote better sleep.
Many people struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep. When we get a massage, it not only reduces tension in the muscles, but it can also change our hormone levels in such a way that allows for more profound relaxation to arise. Massage therapy has been linked to increased delta waves in the brain, which are connected to deeper, more restful sleep.
3. Massage therapy may relieve mild depression.
Massage therapy has been touted for releasing the tension, stress and anxiety that is often accompanied with mild depression. It’s believed that receiving physical touch can change our bio-chemisty and lower our cortisol levels, our bodies stress hormone. If our cortisol levels are too high on a regular basis it can lead to all kinds of imbalance in our system, including feelings of depression. Massage therapy can be a beautiful, natural way to regulate these hormones levels thus creating a more relaxed, improved state in our overall mental and physical wellbeing.