Benefits of Massage Therapy
The world we live in today, as advanced as we are, comes with a host of stressors. The speed which information is being shared is unprecedented, the amount and quality of information shared, while useful in many facets of life, has its drawbacks.
A worldwide pandemic that has everyone changing their behaviours and curbing the freedom of movement, has had a negative impact on those who have not been able to adapt in a healthy way.
Many people have lost loved ones, their jobs, their lives as they knew it pre-pandemic.
Stress is at an all-time high.
According to the American Psychological Association, “Chronic stress, or a constant stress experienced over a prolonged period of time, can contribute to long-term problems for heart and blood vessels. The consistent and ongoing increase in heart rate, and the elevated levels of stress hormones and of blood pressure, can take a toll on the body.”
Stress can also lead to heart disease and strokes. It can have a powerful negative impact on the quality of your life.
The Benefits of Massage Therapy are Many!
These are just some of the many benefits of massage therapy from a well-trained and Registered Massage Therapist.
How many of the following could you identify as something that you can benefit from?
When we need relief from thinking about the stressors of life, from paying the mortgage, to career challenges, to being present for the family, a good massage can make a world of difference! Get some relief by booking yourself a well-deserved hour with a Registered Massage Therapist.
Migraine is a neurological condition that can be debilitating. If you are someone who is trying to manage these intense headaches, a good massage can greatly help reduce the throbbing or pulsing pain.
Improves Joint Mobility
Massage therapists can help you with taut joint capsules through skillful but gentle joint mobilization. After a great massage, you would feel better, more relaxed, and the ability to move more efficiently.
Speeds Healing of Soft Tissue Injuries
Massage therapy helps in the healing of soft tissue injuries, through gentle manipulation of the tissues, which improves blood circulation and relaxes the muscles. This helps in delivering more oxygen to the injured muscle and surrounding organs, thereby allowing valuable nutrients in the blood to accelerate its recovery.
Improves Sleep Quality
Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up exhausted? Poor sleep can affect our energy levels, our moods, and our relationships. There is simply nothing comparable to a good night’s sleep!
Massage Therapy helps improve sleep quality by increasing the levels of serotonin in our system. Serotonin is a precursor of melatonin, which is the hormone that affects our sleep. Which is why some folks fall asleep during a massage!
Eases Muscle Pain
When we sit for long hours at the computer, our body becomes tense from under-stimulation, or from constant repetition of the same muscles over and over again. This can lead to soreness, numbness, and even carpal tunnel syndrome. During a massage, nerve fibres in the body are stimulated, and pain messages received and sent to the brain are obstructed. The massage not only helps your body to relax, but it also relieves you from pain.
Improves Mental Alertness
Massage Therapy helps in improving our mood, relieving us from stress and tension. When we feel better mentally, we can be more receptive to our environment. Therefore, a great massage helps improve awareness and mental alertness, thereby helping us to be more present and perform better.
Boosts Immune Function
An increasing number of clinical research studies have been undertaken to show the benefits of massage on the body’s immune functioning. Results have shown that massages increase the body’s production of lymphocytes, the white blood cells that our body needs to defend us from disease.