6 Benefits of Massages

6 Benefits of Massage

Therapeutic massage may go back more than 4,000 years, but it’s as relevant now as it’s ever been. Although there are more than 100 distinct types of massage and bodywork, all techniques use some form of precise and controlled rubbing, kneading, or pressing to manipulate your soft tissues, working your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  

Whether you’re looking to reduce tension and stress, facilitate healing following an injury, find relief from a chronic pain condition, or promote optimal recovery after intense physical activity, therapeutic massage can help. Let’s explore some of its most important benefits.  

1. Massage promotes relaxation

When a massage therapist manipulates your soft tissues, it stimulates the transmission of electrical signals, both in the area that’s being massaged and throughout your body. These signals, along with the healing properties of touch, can help soothe and relax your nervous system, ease muscle tension, and induce a sense of calm.

2. Massage helps alleviate stress

Combined with the healing power of touch, the cascade of nerve signals created during a massage also acts to decrease stress hormone levels and promote the release of feel-good endorphins.

Although you can expect this benefit after just one massage, making therapeutic massage a regular part of your overall wellness routine provides even greater anti-stress effects.

Just two massages a month can help reduce your body’s levels of stress hormones like cortisol and norepinephrine, while simultaneously elevating your levels of mood-enhancing hormones like dopamine and serotonin.

3. Massage helps improve circulation

Improved circulation is one of the most important long-term benefits of regular massage therapy. During a massage, gentle hands-on pressure and nerve stimulation combine to help move blood through damaged and congested areas of your body, releasing pressure and promoting optimal blood flow.

Depending on the technique, massage can also help remove lactic acid from muscle tissues and prompt your lymphatic system to flush toxins from your body. Improved circulation from regular massage therapy has a kind of snowball effect that can boost your energy levels, improve immune system function, and even help reduce high blood pressure.  

4. Massage helps relieve pain

Therapeutic massage is widely used to help alleviate, reduce, or manage many types of pain, including persistent back pain, chronic headache pain, and pain from osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, or cancer.

Massage targets pain at its root by reducing inflammation, relieving muscle tension, and increasing flexibility. It also increases circulation through every major body system to promote optimal nutrient and oxygen delivery to damaged tissues.

What’s more, massage provides natural, on-the-spot pain relief by stimulating the release of endorphins, your body’s own powerful pain-killing hormones.

5. Massage helps restore restful sleep

A significant number of women and men who get regular massages find that the therapy helps them sleep better at night, and for a good reason: massage reduces tension and nerve stress, giving you the means to achieve the kind of deep relaxation required for full, restful sleep.

Professional massage therapists can also give you the expert, personalized advice on the best sleep position for your body, the type of mattress you should use, and the importance of optimal pillow placement.

6. Massage helps rebalance your body

Massage therapy is also an ideal way to correct minor postural issues, address muscle imbalances, and get your body back into proper alignment.

Regular massages can loosen tight muscles that contribute to poor posture, giving your joints greater flexibility and range of motion to help relieve pressure points that keep you in an ongoing cycle of poor posture, musculoskeletal imbalance, and misalignment.     

To find out about the various types of massage available at Stirling Skin Care Clinic, call our Casper, Wyoming office today, or schedule an appointment using our convenient online booking feature.

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