Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Why You Should Consider Using Massage Therapy

 

Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues. A massage can also be one of the most pleasurable experiences a human being can enjoy. Massage has been used since ancient times as a treatment for stress or pain. Interestingly, there are many benefits massage provides that go far beyond stress and pain relief.

 

There are a wide variety of massages available. Some are more relaxing, whilst others focus on pain and injury management.  Here are just a few examples of the types you can try:

  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Hot stone
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Trigger point
  • Sports
  • Deep tissue
  • Shiatsu

If your main focus is relaxation, then aromatherapy, hot stone, or holistic massage may work well for you.  On the other hand, if pain relief is your goal, then try sports, or deep tissue massage therapy instead.

It's good to remember that ultimately, it is the expertise and experience of your individual therapist which will determine whether a particular therapy is right for you,

 

How receiving a massage on a regular basis can have a great impact on your physical, emotional and mental health:

 

1 - Better sleep.

If you’ve never had a massage before, you’ll be amazed by how well you sleep that night. There’s a lot of speculation on why massage helps your ability to sleep, but there’s no doubt that it does. If you struggle to sleep, get a massage and see for yourself how much it helps.

2 - It undoes the damage of sitting all day.

A massage might be the most perfect cure for the harm that sitting all day causes to your body. It will help to straighten out your back and neck. Massage will decompress your spine and make you feel years younger. If you spend all day sitting in a chair, a massage is a necessity.

3 - Massage is great for relaxation.

You’ll never feel more relaxed than you will after a good massage. It seems to squeeze all the stress out of your body and leave you feeling like a sleepy, relaxed teddy bear.

4 - It boosts your immune system.

Massage has been shown in numerous medical studies to boost white cell count, which is associated with a healthy immune system.  So, it boosts your level of immunity and reduces the likelihood of becoming sick.

5 - Massage enhances mental focus.

Relaxation and focus are related. Massage has the ability to clear your mind and allow you to focus more intently. Those that struggle to focus on a task often find that massage is helpful in this regard.

6 - Reduces symptoms of depression.

A regular massage helps to prevent depression.  It releases emotional stress and improves feelings of wellness. This in turn reduces the symptoms of depression when you’re feeling down in the dumps, or if you've been feeling emotionally under the weather.

7 - Improved posture.

Studies show that massage can help your posture. If you’re prone to slumping or hanging your head forward, massage might be the answer. Many people report feeling taller after a massage. This is because your muscle groups have been re-aligned, and excess tension released from your body.

8 - Increased flexibility.

Flexibility relates directly to the amount of tension being held within muscle groups. The more tension is present, the less flexibility you will have. Massage helps to lower the amount of tension in the muscle, and this in turn increases flexibility and movement, especially around joints.

9 - Reduced pain.

Pain results from over-tense muscles. This improves when the muscles are restored to their optimum level of functioning.  Whist deeper massage therapy can be uncomfortable at the time, you’ll feel the benefits of pain relief afterwards.

10 - Injury prevention.

Massage does wonderful things for your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Many professional athletes receive regular massages to help treat and prevent injuries. Healthy muscles are associated with less injuries - including back or neck pain, joint pain, and sciatica.

 

If you are looking for a professional massage therapists near you, you can do a local search on one of these organisations:

Federation of Holistic Therapists

Complementary Therapy Association

Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council