If you asked most people whether they thought if massage is a necessity, they’d probably answer no. Until recently, the consensus has been that massage is an indulgence—something to enjoy maybe once or twice a year at most. Most people don’t know the range of health and mental benefits regular massage can provide.
Alleviates stress, depression, and anxiety.
Depression, stress, and anxiety can all be caused by low endorphins and high levels of cortisol in the body. Studies have shown that massage therapy actively lowers cortisol levels in the body, whilst increasing the levels of dopamine and serotonin—the feel-good hormones. These changes can directly affect your mood, stress levels, anxiety and depression.
Many people struggle to get a good nights sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with several chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. One of the leading causes in the inability to sleep is stress. People suffering from high levels of stress find it difficult to sleep at night. Massage can help lower your stress levels, resulting in deeper, more restful nights of sleep.
Eases body pain
Lower back pain, knee pain, neck pain, headaches. Massage can help alleviate a variety of body aches and pain through several means, including relaxing painful muscles, tendons, and joints or relieving stress and anxiety. Regular massage therapy has been proven to yield positive results to people suffering from body aches and pains.
As you can see, there is a lot more to massage than just a bi-yearly indulgence. Therapeutic massage is a necessity, not an indulgence that you should feel guilty spending your money on. These are just a handful of reasons that demonstrate the power massage can have on your health and well-being, it is important to educate yourself so you can maximise all the health benefits that massage has to offer.