06 Feb Surprising Health Benefits of Regular Massage Therapy
If you’ve ever had a massage, you know it is relaxing. However, you may not have realized massage therapy can also have many physical and emotional benefits if it is done regularly. Massages don’t replace medical treatment, but they can benefit your body and mind if you have them done on an ongoing basis. Learn more about the benefits below:
Massages stimulate blood flow, which is why regular gentle rubbing and kneading might keep your face looking healthy and radiant. Skin care expert Kimara Ahnert says massage plumps slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage (moves toxins out of cells so nutrients can travel in), and adds vitality to a dull complexion.
Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep, it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.
Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. “Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches,” says de Miranda. Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
Immune System Support
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease). Many studies have shown regular massages support immune system function and decrease stress-related hormones that can lower immunity. For example, New Jersey researchers found college students who were stressed about an upcoming exam had better immune system function and less anxiety after receiving a massage.
Chronic Pain Relief
Sufferers of chronic soft tissue pain (arthritis, fibromyalgia, disc problems, degenerative joints) can find relief after only a few massage therapy sessions, says Nancy M. Porambo, licensed massage therapist with the American Massage Therapy Association. “My personal experience working with clients suffering from this type of pain has been extremely positive,” she says. “People are surprised when they find relief through the application of specific massage therapy techniques.”
Regular massages are an effective stress-management technique. Stress is often caused by being over-committed and overwhelmed with home, work and family obligations. A weekly or bi-weekly massage forces you to take time out for yourself for a pleasurable, relaxing activity. Massage therapy can also help manage emotional disorders such as depression or anxiety as part of an overall treatment plan. Massage is soothing, nurturing and relaxing. It can improve your state of mind if you concentrate on releasing negative thoughts during the treatment.
For a healthier you, book a massage with PJ Massage Therapist, Mesha. If your schedule is flexible, you can take advantage of our new flexible spa pricing and save $10 on a 60 minute massage or $15 on a 90 minute massage by booking during off-peak hours. We consider off-peak hours at Philip Johnson Salon/Spa to be Tuesday-Thursday from 10am-2pm.