One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing.
Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Sure, massage therapy can help you relax — but it can do much more than that.
Most people are dealing with some kind of postural stress, that stress often tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck. More advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteal muscles caused by prolonged periods of sitting.
And considering the benefits of massage therapy a quite unexpected, luckily, massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting. This means you can keep your desk job as long, as you schedule a regular massage.
Got sore muscles? Massage therapy can help.
Massage increases and improves blood circulation. Just like rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain.
Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing. People who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry.
Another study found that patients who are depressed and anxious become much more relaxed and happy, and have reduced stress levels after massage.
Not only do benefits of massage encourage a restful sleep, it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. Massage promotes relaxation and sleep in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy. Also, massages help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the University of Warwick.
A number of studies show that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count, which plays a large role in defending the body from disease.
Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches.
Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
We would be happy to share those and other benefits of massage therapy with you in Armaiti Spa.
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