Family, friends, gatherings, recitals, events…December can be one of the busiest months of the year, and while it’s a time to celebrate birth, life, love, peace, and togetherness, it can produce stress and anxiety in us all! Reserving some “you” time by scheduling a much-deserved massage can help you wind down during the hustle and bustle.
Here are six benefits of therapeutic massage during the holiday season.
Massage lowers blood pressure
Massage can have a positive effect on hypertension or high blood pressure, which is a major risk of heart disease. Some studies suggest that massage can lower blood pressure more long term—not just while you’re getting one.
Massage lowers pain and tension
Carrying packages, hanging decorations, or shoveling snow can be a literal pain during the holidays. Massage therapy can help lessen a whole list of aches and pains from the lower back, shoulder, neck, muscle pain, and a whole lot more.
Massage improves your mental well-being
The holidays can be especially challenging for those who suffer from mental health issues including anxiety and/or depression. A therapeutic massage has been shown to decrease cortisol and increase serotonin and dopamine which can positively affect mood and feelings of happiness.
Massage relieves stress
Whether it’s a lack of time, lack of money, or pressure to give fits, the holidays stress people out! In fact, an estimated 88% of Americans feel stressed while celebrating the holidays. Massage therapy can be an effective stress reliever by increasing relaxation this time of year.
Massage can loosen tight muscles
There’s nothing like tight and sore muscles slowing you down during the holiday festivities. When the temps drop outside, muscles become tighter, reducing your flexibility, mobility, and circulation. Massage therapy can help loosen those tight joints and muscles.
Massage can help boost your immunity
Don’t let a cold or other illness derail your holiday celebrations. While massage therapy cannot prevent illnesses, it may be able to help minimize the symptoms by boosting the immune system by stimulating lymph flow, the body’s natural defense system.
Ready to take advantage of these benefits? Our massage clinic offers a selection of appointments at affordable rates! Learn more about our offerings and even book an appointment online: https://www.lexingtonhealingarts.com/massage-clinic/
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