Much like servicing your car, think of massage as necessary routine maintenance for your body. Sure, massage makes you feel better when you’re tense and stressed, but when performed as part of a regular wellness plan, it can provide considerable preventive health benefits, including decreasing your chances of developing disease from hypertension, reducing the chance for injuries, and boosting your immune system. Here are some other reasons you should make massage a habit.
Studies have shown that a consistent massage therapy program utilizing Swedish massage can decrease help control blood pressure in individuals who have pre-hypertension, a cardiovascular disease predicator.
Relieve sports-related injuries
For athletes and active individuals, regular sports massage can speed recovery time, improve flexibility, response time, and mobility in athletes or active individuals, not to mention relax and soften injured or overused muscles and ligaments. Also, massage can improve circulation and reduce muscle cramps.
Lift your mood
Research has shown that massage stimulates the brain to release endorphins, lowering the levels of stress hormones, and also increases the production of other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin associated with lowering anxiety, stress, and depression.
Improve sleep habits
More, better sleep is what many Americans could use. In fact, 50 to 70 million of us experience sleep issues that affect our health. Regular massage therapy can help improve sleep because it
initiates the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can help you feel calmer.
Boost your immune system
Our immune systems have to work year round – not just through cold and flu season – to protect against viruses and infections. Regular massage therapy has been proven to make the immune system stronger by increasing the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to fight off viruses.
Make massage a part of your preventative wellness plan in our Massage Clinic where we offer therapeutic student, graduate and professional massages!