- Massage counteracts all the 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, beware. More advanced forms of postural stress “show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting.” Luckily, massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting so scheduling a regular massage is very beneficial
- Massage eases muscle pain. Massage increases and improves circulation, in much the same way rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain. A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.
- Massage soothes anxiety and depression. Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.
- Massage improves sleep. Not only can massage encourage restful sleep, it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. “Massage promotes relaxation and sleep in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy,” says Lisa Marie de Miranda, registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Paleolife Massage Therapy.
- Massage 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).
- Massage relieves headaches Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. Massage decreases the 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.
Bodywork can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen, regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management.) In addition to physical benefits, the emotional balance that bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety and depression.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
The benefits of massage increase ten-fold with frequent visits; this is the beauty of bodywork. Receiving massage as part of your regularly scheduled self-care routine can truly encourage a healthy mind, body, spirit and help you remain youthful with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your Studio 55 Day Spa Massage Therapist to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.