Getting in Touch with the Benefits of Massage

 MassageProfessional massage not only feels wonderful, it also has many other benefits that you may not be aware of. So, if you were looking for an excuse to get your first massage or to get one more frequently, read on and find out exactly how good this practice is for your body and mind.

What is Massage?

If you’re unfamiliar with massage, let’s start out by welcoming you to earth where massage is a general way to describe the rubbing or manipulation your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments by a massage therapist.  There are several types of massage including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, and Trigger Point Massage.  Each one has a different technique, so discuss with a massage therapist which you are in knead (ha ha) of.

Stress is bad

Stress has some pretty detrimental effects on your body as a whole.  Stress activates stress hormones in your body like cortisol, which damages tissues and nerves if it’s stored up.  It also signals your body to produce insulin, and extra insulin floating around inside your body can lead to stored fat and increased cravings for unhealthy foods high in sugar and fat.  In other words, stress can cause weight gain.  Exercise is a great way to keep your stress levels in check or burn off cortisol and fat.  Regular massage can also help you to stay more relaxed which means that the cortisol never stood a chance.  Yay massage!

Touch is Important

Touch has been shown through studies to help you stay healthy.  Massage specifically can help to reduce anxiety and stress, lower blood pressure, slow your heart rate and basically just help you feel better physically and psychologically.  Not to mention that the contact and compression from massage stimulates blood flow and loosens tights muscles.  And at the end of the day, human connection is important.  

So, treat yourself and schedule a massage soon and often in order to reap its many benefits! You deserve it.

 

Used under Creative Commons Licensing courtesy of Oliver Symens

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