3 Reasons Why Massage Is Important

It could be a 10-minute chair massage between meetings at work. It could be a 60-minute sports massage after a workout at the gym. It could be a 90-minute shiatsu massage or hot stone massage in a luxurious spa. Either way, we probably don’t have to convince you that getting a massage sounds like a good idea. After all, the benefits of massage are fairly obvious. There is the relief of sore muscles and lower back pain, increased range of motion, improved circulation, and of course relaxation. But, there are health benefits of massage that are not quite as obvious that can make a huge impact on your every day life. Therapeutic massage might just be more important to taking care of your body than you think.

Lower Anxiety and Stress

Face it, we live in a high stress world. High stress affects our mind and our body! Multiple massage studies conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed that massage therapy relieves depression and anxiety by affecting the body's biochemistry. The studies found that the therapy significantly lowered levels of the stress hormone Cortisol that suppresses the immune system. Massage can provide increased circulation and greater energy and has even been found to increase serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters that help reduce depression. It may sound idealistic, but massage really does help you manage stress and provide a better emotional balance that has tangible benefits.

Better Sleep

You could spend hours in the gym each week and eat healthy, but still experience problems sleeping. According to the CDC, 50 to 70 Million Americans experience sleep issues that affect their health. Insufficient sleep is associated with multiple diseases and conditions including diabetes, obesity and depression. The American Massage Therapy Association has highlighted multiple studies that indicate regular massage improves sleep. Better sleep translates to a stronger immune system and, not to mention, better sleep makes most people much more enjoyable to be around. So, you could think of better sleep as a gift to the whole world.

Improved Alertness

You might not think getting a massage would make you better at math, but in a small Touch Research Institute (TRI) study, adults who were given a 15-minute chair massage were more alert and completed a series of math questions faster and more accurately. Even if math normally gives you a headache, another TRI study found that a 30-minute massage decreased pain for people with tension headaches. According to WebMD, regular massage can even reduce the number of migraines a person has.

It’s easy to think that scheduling a regular massage seems like a luxurious treat. But, taking care of your body is important. Therapeutic massage is more than just pampering, especially if you are active in sports or exercise regularly. Frequent massage can not only compliment your workout routine, but it can also play a huge part in your overall health. Plus, who doesn’t want to be less stressed out about math problems in their sleep. If you missed the joke there, please go back and see the three secrets about the importance of massage that are above in bold.

There aren’t any hidden secrets as to the importance of massage. But there are things that may not be obvious as to the real benefit to your overall health. When you think about it, an investment of time and money in to diet and exercise comes down to the same basic idea - an investment in your health. No matter how active your lifestyle, or your age, you might be surprised as to all the benefits of regular massage.

Check out the Relax Spa at the Axiom at the Village and schedule your massage with one of our licensed massage therapists today.

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