People often get a massage just to relax and pamper themselves, but it can also have some amazing health benefits. Studies of the advantages of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, muscle tension, and pain. And there’s more that this manipulation of skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments can do.
- It can help improve circulation – A rich blood supply promotes healing of damaged and stiff muscles. Regular hands-on massage moves blood through the damaged areas of the body removing lactic acid build up in the tissues, refining the lymphatic system and helping carry metabolic waste products away from internal organs and muscles.
- It can help lower blood pressure – Studies have shown that a consistent massage program can reduce blood pressure over the long term. Massage reduces stress which is noted to cause high blood pressure just by improving the circulation in the body.
- It can help strengthen the immune system – Fact: People who experience high levels of stress are more vulnerable to illness and injury. Studies indicate that regular massage sessions boost the immune system and deliver nourishment to a stressed body. One study found that massage boosts a person’s white blood cell count (the cells that help fight disease).
- It can help improve posture – Often the cause of back pain is from muscle tension. Sitting or standing too long can take a toll on the body. Massage can help get the body back into proper alignment by reducing muscle tension that’s tightening and pulling on the neck, back, hips, glutes, and leg muscles. The loosening of these muscles through massage allows the body to position itself back to its natural state. As a result, joints and muscles will have greater freedom, flexibility, and range of motion, and will be less painful.
So the next time you have tinge in your back, your blood pressure is up, or you are riddled with chronic sickness, see a massage therapist for relief!