Why A Monthly Massage Can Have An Effect For A Lifetime
Massages can be a great way to relax after a stressful period but did you know that the benefits of a massage extend way beyond that? Here are some reasons why you should consider booking your next appointment soon.
At one point or another in our lives we would have felt pain in our shoulders and neck for no apparent reason or rather, we can’t think of one. Turns out that sitting down all day at work can contribute to shoulder and neck pain without us even realising; this is because of postural stress. Office workers often experience intense muscle pain because their posture is compromised from sitting down all day long. Stress tends to manifest itself in the form of muscle pain in these areas. Massage not only helps relieve this pain but it can even improve your posture bringing your body back to its natural alignment and therefore limiting the amount of pain experienced. Most muscle pain in this case comes from poor posture, which not only causes direct pain there and then but can result in spasms all over the body. A massage is ultimately relaxing by providing the quick fix you need for your pain but also beneficial with its long-term results.
It’s not just the physical problems that massage can tackle. Massage can be used as a solution to many emotional issues. When the body is under a lot of stress it produces a hormone known as cortisol. We all know the obvious effects stress can have on the body, overeating which leads to weight gain; sleeplessness which leads to tiredness and lack of productivity which leads to a negative mindset. Research on massage has shown that it decreases the levels of cortisol in the body. The feelings of relaxation a customer feels when in the room translates to a continuous feeling of relaxation.
The body needs time to rejuvenate itself, which is why these small moments of relaxation are important. Massage aims to remove tension and increase flexibility in the muscles. This form of therapy releases endorphins and boosts serotonin levels which makes massage a good energy booster. The feeling you get after a session works the same way as exercise does.
Although an hour of massage seems completely different to an hour of exercise they do complement each other. Lots of sportsmen and sportswomen receive massages quite often because they know how important it is to look after your physical well-being. It’s a great addition to any exercise regime; it increases circulation which means more energy and less pain. What’s more is that the boost in serotonin that comes from the treatment can strengthen your immune system. When someone’s stressed there’s no doubt that they are more prone to illness and injury; massage removes that risk.
Of course, we are likely to focus on the physical aspects when talking about sport but we can’t forget that massage has a major impact on the psychological. The term well-being includes all forms of well-being so why not receive a treatment that caters to all of those forms?