Treating yourself to massages on a regular basis can improve your mood and overall quality of life in a variety of ways. In fact, for many people massage has become an important part of their overall health and happiness strategy, instead of just an occasional luxury. Here are six of the biggest benefits of regular massage:
Massage Helps You Truly Relax
If the stresses of life are weighing on you, getting a massage can help you instantly become more relaxed and calm. The soothing experience of massage is even thought by experts to help reduce cortisol (the “stress hormone”) levels in your body, which can help make that uptight, “fight or flight” feeling we experience during stressful times completely disappear. Like the other benefits of massage, the relaxing effects are more pronounced and longer lasting with regular, frequent massages.
Massage Offers Natural Pain Relief
Massage also offers natural pain relief, especially if you suffer from tension headaches, stiff joints, or sore, tired muscles. Be sure to mention the pain you’re experiencing to your massage therapist so they can focus on the appropriate areas of your body. Massage helps relieve pain in a couple of ways: by releasing tension in muscles and joints through manipulation and stretching and through helping your body release feel good hormones like oxytocin and endorphins which serve as your body’s natural pain relievers. For those suffering chronic pain, including that caused by arthritis and fibromyalgia, massage can be especially beneficial as a natural remedy and part of your overall treatment and pain management plan.
Massage Helps Improve Circulation
Massage can also help stimulate blood flow and boost your circulation, which not only has serious health benefits but also helps you to look your best by giving your skin a healthy, rosy glow. If you suffer from poor circulation or limited mobility, a vigorous therapeutic massage can get your blood pumping throughout your body in a healthy way that improves your quality of life.
Massage Boosts Your Mood
Because massage is so deeply relaxing while also stimulating the production of feel-good hormones in your body, it can be seen as a natural mood booster. If you experience symptoms of depression or anxiety, regular massage can be a wonderful complement to other forms of treatment like therapy or medication. If what you’re dealing with is more of a simple case of the blahs, or you are going through a difficult situation that has you feeling down, investing in self care via a nice massage is a great way to get a mood boost. Even if you walk into our spa feeling worried, sad, or anxious, you will likely leave feeling much more peaceful and with renewed energy.
Massage Helps You Get a Good Night’s Sleep
The powerful relaxation properties of massage are often effective at helping recipients get a good night’s sleep without the use of sleep aids. If you suffer from insomnia on a regular basis, treating yourself to regularly scheduled massages can help your mind and body calm down and get into a restful state that overrides the urge to stay awake. Scheduling a relaxing massage for later in the day or early evening is a great way to help set yourself up for a wonderful night of deep, restorative sleep, doing something great for your body and mind.
When you are ready to experience these mental, physical, and emotional benefits for yourself, call us to make an appointment. Our qualified massage therapists offer relaxing Swedish massage, transformative deep tissue massage, and soothing hot stone massage so you can choose the massage that is perfect for you.