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You Need a Massage

Five benefits of massage therapy.

Whether you go in for an hour-long massage at the spa or talk your spouse into giving you a five-minute back rub, you know how relaxing a massage can be. From deep tissue to Swedish to sports massage and trigger point, each type of massage has its own purpose and benefits. But they all have one thing in common: pressure.

This pressure on your skin, muscles, and connective tissues helps slow the nervous system and bring a sense of calm. While you may think massages are only meant to pamper you, they offer way more than that. Here are five reasons to make an appointment with your favorite massage therapist.

1. Stress Relief

Life is busy. Hectic. Stressful. Stress management is the most common reason people seek out a massage. Whether you’re stressed or anxious, a massage can help relieve your symptoms.

Stress and anxiety trigger the parasympathetic nervous system. When this happens, your fight or flight response is triggered, putting you on high alert. This can lead to headaches, muscle tension, insomnia, digestive problems, and a host of unwanted health conditions.

Massage reduces your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It also slows your nervous system, lowers blood pressure, and decreases your heart rate. Add all these up and you enjoy a sense of calm and relaxation.

2. Improved Healing

Dealing with pain from an injury or disease? Talk with your doctor about massage therapy treatment. In many cases, sports injuries, nerve pain, achy joints, neck pain, or back pain can heal faster with the use of massage therapy.

Through massage, your skin and muscles are manipulated in ways that bring pain relief and aid healing. This occurs thanks to the increased blood flow to the injured or restricted area. This type of massage should only be done by a therapist trained in pain and injury management.

3. Stronger Immune System

There’s a lot of talk these days about boosting the function of your immune system. Along with exercise, a healthy diet, and enough sleep, you may want to get a massage.

Various types of cells inside your body help you fight off illness. Massage helps these cells circulate through your body, so you’re ready to fight off infection no matter where it shows up. Massage also helps reduce stress hormones and lowers inflammation, which are associated with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and arthritis.

4. Improved Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of health and wellness. If you’re struggling to fall asleep or to stay asleep through the night, a regular massage may be just what you need.

To fall asleep, your nervous system must slow down. When you struggle to fall asleep, it may feel like your nervous system is doing anything but slowing down. You can help it slow down with massage. Additionally, massage helps you fall into a deeper, more restorative sleep. This necessary sleep helps your body heal, relieves pain, and boosts immune function.

5. Increased Focus

Can’t seem to pay attention during meetings? Read a whole page and can’t remember what you read? Studies show that massage increases your attention span and ability to focus.

How does it work? Researchers have determined that a lack of focus is often caused by an elevated heart rate or an overly active nervous system. Massage can lower your heart rate and slow your nervous system. The end result: improved focus and attentiveness.

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