Stress Relief Massage &
Health Benefits of
Massage Therapy Include:
Both short and long-term stress triggers changes in the body, which increases the likelihood of getting sick, raising the risk of serious conditions like heart disease, and can make problems we already have worse. Regular massage relaxes the body and mind, and releases endorphins, which relieve stress and improve mood.
Relief from mental stress
Regular massage has been proven to improve the mind’s ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, enhancing capacity for calm thinking and creativity.
Regular massage prompts the body to move from sympathetic activity to parasympathetic activity, enabling the mind to calm and slow down – similar to taking your foot off the gas in a car. This respite from intense thought and stress “restarts” the mind and restores a healthy mental state.
Relief from muscle pain and stiffness
Regular massage increases blood flow to oxygen-starved muscles and prompts the body to release endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller. The results are reduced or eliminated pain and improved range of motion.
Reduce muscle spasms
Spasms and cramps can be painful, unexpected and frustrating. By gently and gradually stretching and manipulating muscles, regular massage may ease pain and hasten recovery.
Improved recovery time from Injuries
The movements of massage cause blood to flush in and out of muscles and joints, increasing the delivery of vital oxygen and nutrients. This process can, in some cases, aid recovery time from injuries and provide the entire body with an improved sense of well-being.
Regular massage helps to improve blood flow, stimulate the body’s natural defense system, relieve stress and promote deep, restorative sleep. The cumulative effect directly improves overall health and well-being.
Lowered blood pressure
High blood pressure (or hypertension) is when the blood moves through the arteries at a higher pressure than normal, which can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. Regular massage helps to combat the effects of stress – a leading contributor to high blood pressure – helping to lower blood pressure and maintain the body’s natural sense of wellness.
Reduced heart rate
Regular massage helps to reduce stress and improve blood flow, thereby enabling the heart to pump the same amount of blood with less effort, which can lead to improved heart health
Improved lymph flow
The lymphatic system rids the body of wastes such as bacteria, viruses and toxins. Regular massage helps to promote healthy lymph flow by working to reduce fatigue and stress, and stimulating the body to remove potentially damaging waste products, thus maintaining its natural defense system.
Boost the immune system
Studies show people with high stress levels get sick more often than the general population. Beyond the stress-reducing and sleep-promoting benefits of massage, regular massage has been shown to help increase the immune systems cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and decrease the number of t-cells, which improves the body’s overall immune functioning.
Reduced formation of excessive scar tissue
By stimulating the skin and muscles, and increasing blood flow throughout the body, regular massage helps promote tissue regeneration, and reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
Improved skin health and nourishment
Regular massage helps to increase blood circulation, exfoliate dead skin cells and tone the skin, which encourages cell regeneration and assists in excreting waste products. The result is healthier, better-looking skin.
It’s easy for the day’s stresses to add up, causing the mind to race and muscles to tense. Regular massage eases tight muscles and helps to release endorphins, which helps the body feel better, enabling restorative relaxation and helping the mind and body maintain a healthy state.
Relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye strain
Every muscle and nerve in the body is interconnected in some way. When you have a sore back or tight neck, or when you’re constantly straining your eyes, the ripple effect can travel throughout the body. Regular massage manipulates and increases blood flow to the back, neck, and all muscles of the body so it can return to a natural state of wellness.
Experience deeper and easier breathing
There’s a reason people say, “take a deep breath” when things get a little stressful. It’s because deep, easy breathing naturally puts the body at rest. Regular massage eases sore muscles and reduces stress that can constrict normal breathing.
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