The first thing most people think of when they hear massage therapy is a luxurious relaxation, which is absolutely true! Did you know massage offers far more benefits than simply a relaxation experience? There are many advantages to massage therapy that might actually surprise you!
1. Eases Muscle Pain
If your muscles are sore, massage can really help you. Having a massage increases and improves your circulation. Increased circulation brings increased blood flow to stiff and tense muscles to help promote healing, range of motion, and flexibility.
2. Helps with Anxiety and Depression
Massage therapy has been shown to increase serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters which can help reduce feelings of anxiety and sadness. Human contact is important for people who suffer from anxiety and a nurturing touch via massage therapy is just that.
3. Gives Your Immune System a Boost
We know that people who are prone to stress are also prone to sickness and illness. With a regular massage you may see a reduction in stress and studies show that the body can often experience a boost in your systems ability to get and stay well post-massage. This is due to the increase in the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that can help a person fight off illness.
4. Assists with Headache Management
Many people, especially in our city, suffer from headaches and migraine headaches. Although everyone’s headache triggers are different, stress, muscle tension, and poor sleep are among the top triggers. With the effects of a massage sometimes lasting for weeks, people with frequent headaches should seek regular massages as each of the above triggers can be addressed in a session.
5. Reduces Blood Pressure
It has been found that regular visits to a massage therapist can indeed reduce blood pressure levels. Other studies have also cited a reduction in cortisol, which is better known as the body’s stress hormone that often leads to multiple health issues when it is in excess.
6. Improve quality of sleep
Sleep. We never seem to get enough. We struggle at night, then feel drowsy in the morning and thus the cycle of sleep deprivation begins. Regular massage sessions have been found to decrease depression and anxiety levels and improve sleep quality, often because they trigger the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can help you feel calm.
7. Sharpen focus at work and at school
Stress, depression and anxiety have been linked to an inadequate amount of serotonin and dopamine. When you increase their flow, you get a "feel good “sensation”. Inadequate levels of these endorphins can negatively affect your ability to focus.
At Ashton Wellness Massage & Spa, we recommend that everyone makes time for a monthly massage to enjoy the immediate positive as well as the cumulative long-term benefits.
Yours in health,
Donna Giamprini BSc, LMT
Donna’s avocation for natural healing modalities turned into a vocation after having spent considerable time as a caregiver for her daughter – who was battling several serious health issues. A certificate in Swedish Massage led to an interest in other forms of therapeutic massage modalities such as Lymphatic Drainage and Deep Tissue. Donna earned her bachelor’s degree in science/biology from Concordia University, received her Reiki Master certification in Usui Reiki, and is a licensed Massage Therapist. A compassionate and empathic woman, she decided to place her knowledge and talent for therapeutic healing and relaxation at the service of others. Donna believes firmly that therapeutic healing starts from within ~ helping the body and mind together, in unison.
Note: If you have serious health concerns, please speak to your health care provider.
Ashton Wellness Massage & Spa