Used for centuries, massage can help ease symptoms of many physical and psychological ailments. Below, are 10 reasons to get a massage.

Whatever your age, massage can bring you many health benefits. Massage can help you relax but it can do much more than that for you. Studies carried out over the years have shown the positive effects of massage therapy on mind and body. Take a look below to find out how this simple technique may benefit you.

10 Reasons to Get a Massage

 

1. Pain relief

Massage is known to reduce pain. You may like to try massage therapy if you suffer from any of the following painful conditions: 

 

2. Build your immune system

If you have a condition that weakens your immune system or you’re stressed and susceptible to infections, colds, and flu, massage can help boost your immune system.

The lymphatic system plays a major role in fighting infection. Lymphatic fluid carries antibodies and white blood cells around your body. Massage helps improve the flow of the lymph fluid, so helping to remove toxins, viruses, and bacteria from your bloodstream.

3. Helps with anxiety and depression

Massage has been shown to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of many mental health problems.

4. Stress management

Studies have shown that massage is effective in managing stress.

  • It is soothing and relaxing and eases tension in your muscles.
  • In relation to work-related stress, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that nurses who received chair massages once a week for 10 weeks during work hours, experienced a reduction in many stress-related symptoms, such as shoulder tension, fatigue, and headaches.

5. Speeds up recovery time after injury

Following injury or after surgery, massage improves your blood and lymph circulation, removing toxins and waste from the injured area and delivering nutrients to boost healing.

 

6. Enhances exercise performance 

If you participate in exercise or sport, massage can help improve your performance and improve your overall physical and mental condition.

 

7. Increases flexibility and mobility

If you participate in sporting activities or suffer from a condition that affects your joints and muscles, then massage can help you.

  • Massage increases flexibility, muscle tone, and mobility by stretching and relaxing the muscle fibers. It also removes lactic acid, a by-product of the oxygen and glucose produced by working muscles.
  • It also helps reduce cramps

 

8. Helps relieve insomnia

Sleep is vital for both your body and mind.  During sleep, your body repairs and regenerates itself. Sleep deprivation can have serious effects on your mental functions and emotional state.

Massage therapy has been shown to improve sleep, both the ability to fall asleep and the quality of the sleep.

 

9. Helps lower blood pressure

  

10. Reduces cellulite

  • With diet and exercise, massage helps to break down the fatty tissues and remove toxins from your body so helping to reduce the formation of cellulite. However, regular maintenance treatments are needed after the initial effect has been achieved or the cellulite will return.
  • Facial massage helps tighten facial muscles, giving you a younger-looking complexion.

 

Research into the therapeutic effects of massage is finding more and more evidence of its health benefits. It is useful in many aspects of your life, and whatever your age. Use the 10 reasons to get a massage outlined above to discover the ways you too can benefit from this simple, non-invasive therapy.

Consult your doctor to see if massage is right for you. 

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