Regular massages could be the answer to improving your overall health, making you less stressed and keeping you happier in taking on your everyday tasks.
When was the last time you give yourself a good break where the agenda was to just relax? As you run through your days, being a responsible parent, a loving spouse, and being so many different things to so many different people, you often forget that you have your own needs, too. Don't forget to show yourself love, and one of the best ways to do that is to book yourself a regular appointment for some massage therapy. And no, it's not only to give yourself a break, but it's also to give your mind and body all of these wonderful benefits.
Not only do they make you feel relaxed, but massages could be good for your body's overall health, too. Your body's immune responses start changing with massages, as found by researchers in Cedars-Sinai's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. The findings showed that Swedish massages changed the percentage of white blood cells, which helps your body defend itself from diseases, according to Science Daily.
In the middle of your chaotic schedules and busy family routines, a regular massage session could make you feel less stressed through it all. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences also found that a Swedish massage could decrease the level of the "stress hormone" cortisol in your body. And this could beat your stress away and leave you with a better frame of mind to tackle your everyday tasks.
Massages could possibly ease the pain that you regularly feel. A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that participants who suffered from lower back pain found "rapid improvement" after ten sessions of massage therapy. The effects were well-noticeable after six months, however, it was less clear after a year.
Maintaining healthy levels of blood pressure is crucial, especially because high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and a number of other medical issues, according to the American Heart Association. Massage therapy could keep your blood pressure under control, as a study conducted on women, published on NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), found that it was a safe, effective, applicable and cost-effective intervention in controlling BP of the pre-hypertension women."
One of the greatest benefits of massages is that it helps to improve blood circulation. And when done right, it can leave your face and your hair looking younger. "Massage increases blood flow, which plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage (the shuttling of toxins out and away from cells so that more nutrients can travel in), and adds vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair," says Kimara Ahnert, owner of the eponymous skin-care studio in New York City, according to Women's Health.
When it comes to your hair, the right massaging of the scalp can give positive results to your hair. "The health and vitality of your scalp is the foundation of your hair's growth and health," said Elizabeth Cunnane-Phillips, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Centre in New York City.
A gentle, simple massage, even from your partner at home could help you sleep better, possibly because it can lead to the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter which can calm you down, according to Sleep.org. Even a three-minute massage from your partner could help you get that extra 35 minutes of sound sleep.
Although massage therapy isn't an alternative to your regular medical care, in some cases it could give you relief from certain symptoms that you experience. If you have fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, sports injuries, temporomandibular joint pain, headaches, anxiety, and soft tissue strains or injuries, massage therapy could be helpful, according to Mayo Clinic.