Massage is often considered a luxury, often associated with vacations and spas. When realistically, it is so much more than just a form of rest and relaxation. With all of the health and wellness benefits, you should invest in massage!
Did you know that massage can help lower cortisol levels in the body. In turn this reduces stress and can even aid in weight loss? Our belief at Kneading Hands is that everyone should consider the benefits of massage and what it can medicinally do for the human body. Whether you are suffering from chronic pain or depression, or basic aches and pains from daily life, massage is an incredible resource to aid the body in its healing journey.
Below, we will touch on several beneficial reasons to choose massage as therapy.
11 Reasons You Should Invest in Massage
Increased Circulation –
Massage stimulates circulation in the tissues and muscles and promotes the fluid exchange through our cells. By dilating the blood vessels, massage can decrease blood pressure.
Improved Digestion –
Certain massage techniques help nutrients and antioxidants metabolize through the body. This allows digestion to work at its peak performance. It can help reduce any cramping, bloating, or constipation you may have in addition to other digestive annoyances. Who knew you could improve your digestion from the outside in?
Optimize Joint Flexibility and Increase Range of Motion –
The body has an incredible system of joints and muscle tendons that give you the ability to do all of the things you love. Massage can help improve your performance immensely. By providing care and attention to your muscles, connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, and joints, you are bringing fluidity to your range of motion of your body. This makes you less injury-prone when exercising. Also, the stimulation of blood flow throughout your body unanimously helps in flexibility.
Improved Posture –
It’s easy to get into the habit of bad posture. Sitting or standing for long periods can create muscle memory in all the wrong places. Massage can help loosen up and relax the muscles that contribute to bad posture. By giving freedom to pressure points, our bodies can relearn how we sit and stand with ideal posture and blood flow.
Better Sleep –
By reducing anxiety through massage therapy, we are cultivating relaxation and aiding in restoring our body’s natural production of anti-pain chemicals. In turn, this gives our bodies the ability to fall asleep naturally, quicker. When we are relaxed, we allow ourselves the opportunity to fall into a deeper sleep for longer periods.
Improved Mental Health –
Society has put mental health on the back burner for quite some time. Before recent years, it was borderline inappropriate to talk about or make public any of our mental health qualms, such as depression, anxiety, mood swings, etc. Endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine are produced during massage therapy and can help exponentially in overcoming mental illness such as depression and anxiety. Massage also simply promotes calm thinking. When our minds aren’t racing, we have a clearer picture of how to address mental health and in turn, gives us peace of mind.
Enhanced Immunity –
Massage can play a vital role in boosting your immune system. Studies show that just 45 minutes on the table can increase the number of lymphocytes in your bloodstream. These white blood cells play a large roll in defending the body from disease.
Reducing Scar Tissue and Stretch Marks –
Whether you bare the beautiful markings of a mother, or you hit the pavement on your skateboard when you were a teenager, everybody has a scar with a story. Sometimes we enjoy the visual reminders and other times we don’t. Massage is an incredible way to aid in the elimination of scar tissue, whether they are below the skin or topical. Scars, burns, and stretched tissues are still living tissue. Manual manipulation stimulates the creation of blood vessels in the tissue, causing inflammation, which in turn triggers a “remodeling” phase of the area being treated. Textured scars that are deep under the skin can be smoothed out just by stimulated the lumped tissue.
Reducing Spasms and Cramps –
Massage is helpful a few days after you have repetitive cramping and spasms. It loosen up the muscle and break up any tension buildup. By tackling the affected area and loosening up the muscle, your odds of repeated episodes are significantly lowered.
Breathe Easier –
Just like other parts of your body, the lungs are surrounded by muscles that may become constricted due to various ailments (i.e.-stress, anxiety, physical activity). Massage can help ease and relax the muscles of the rib cage. This helps prevent shallow, short breaths and promotes deeper, easier breathing. Just getting a massage reduces anxiety, which will enable easier breathing on its own. It can also help release tension in the area around the rib cage for those feeling effects of respiratory illness or chronic condition.
Speeds up Healing Process After Surgery –
Receiving bodywork after surgery can help you recover faster. Using a combination of techniques, we are able to use our mind and our bodies to help combat any post-surgery issues. Things like stress management, increased blood flow, oxygenation of the blood, and increased flexibility and strength, are all touched on through massage. As well, using bodywork as a form of medication will decrease your need for actual prescription medication.
Any of these reasons speaking to you personally? If so, it’s probably a sign that you need some bodywork. Listen to yourself and your body and put self-care at the top of your list. At Kneading Hands, we emphasize self-care because we want you to be the best version of yourself. We would love to assist you in the process of becoming the skier that you once were, or the flexible yogi you know you can be. There is always room to grow, both mentally and physically, and bodywork can help. Give yourself the gift of bodywork and see all the wonderful improvements, your mind and body will thank you eternally.