Many of us consider massage to be a luxury. The truth is, however, that there are many benefits that can come from massage therapy, which is why incorporating it into a regular routine is becoming increasingly common.
5 of the top health benefits associated with massages include the following:
Massage therapy is naturally associated with promoting relaxation. The treatment triggers brain chemistry responses linked with decreased stress and improved mood. A sense of calm, enhanced creative thinking, mental alertness and the ability to better cope with stressors are common experiences. If you have a high-stress job, or a chaotic schedule, taking time for a weekly or bi-monthly massage will help your body and brain to cope better.
Poor posture often develops over time especially when we try to compensate for joint and muscle discomfort or when we sit at a desk for a good portion of the day. Massage therapy loosens muscles and provides relaxation for joints. This allows the body to return to its natural position.
Promotion of Circulation
Massage facilitates the movement of blood and other fluids throughout the body. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to organs and muscles within the body for optimal functioning. Lymph is a fluid that carries away toxins and impurities from tissues. Research has shown that a regular massage routine can lower blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is an essential part of staving off heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
Strengthening of the Immune System
Massage therapy has been known to increase the strength of your body’s immune system. This is accomplished by increasing the activity level of the body’s defensive cells. Regular massage treatments promote the body’s ability to naturally fight against bacteria and infection. If you are always getting sick, or just tend to feel “under the weather” more than most people, a regular massage routine might help you bounce back. With a stronger immune system, you’ll be able to fight off those pesky colds and illnesses that prey on your weak immune system.
Flexibility and range of motion diminish with sedentary lifestyles and as a part of the aging process. Routine massage therapy keeps joints more fluid and makes them less prone to injuries. Massage works to get blood flowing to overactive muscles that have contracted due to stress or immobility. If you are starting to feel the effects of aging creep in, a regular massage can help you to maintain a healthy range of motion and level of flexibility. This is especially helpful if you are still exercising frequently and need increased flexibility for your workouts.
The numerous benefits of massage therapy result primarily by boosting the body’s own processes and natural recuperative powers. Incorporating this practice into a regular part of healthy living should be a consideration for anyone interested in feeling their best.
At Spa Munari, we offer several different types of massage. Our therapists would be happy to help you select which one best suits your needs.