The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy

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By Desiree Moore, co-owner of The Woodhouse Day Spa- Castle Rock
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Brush aside the notion that massages are solely a decadent luxury service for those who love to be pampered. Apart from relaxation, massage therapy has many health benefits in addition to being a terrific stress-reducer.

Massage therapy treatments are therapeutic and improve health by acting on the muscular, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Recent research has shown massage therapy boosts immune function by increasing white blood cell levels, alleviates headache symptoms and improves asthma and circulation.  It’s even become increasingly common for employers, realizing the many benefits of massage therapy, to bring massage therapists into the office once a week or more to help alleviate stress and stimulate productivity among employees. 

People of all ages from youth to adulthood have a multitude of reasons to engage in massage therapy, but the type of massage needed is different for each person. There are many different styles of massages to choose from, each offering a variety of benefits. Some of the most popular are the Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Reflexology, hot stone massage, and the pre-natal massage.

We know that massage therapy offers a multitude of benefits and allows us to take better control of our bodies and minds, but if you need more convincing, here are the top five reasons to book your next massage today.

1.    Surprising health benefits: In addition to the health benefits mentioned above, massage therapy also helps cancer and Osteoarthritis patients and reduces anxiety. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment by reducing pain, swelling, fatigue, nausea and depression while boosting immune functionality. In Osteoarthritis patients, clinical trials show that a one-hour massage once or twice a week reduces pain and stiffness and stimulates function. And the overall results of several recent studies show that massage therapy lowers cortisol levels by 50 percent and increases levels of neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.

2.    Rehabilitation: Massage therapy has long been a staple of many professional athletes training routines. But certain common lifestyle factors like long work days and physically taxing tasks lead every day people to seek massage therapy for relief. Even small-scale injuries can have a major impact on a person’s ability to stay physically active in the long-term if left untreated, and massage therapy is a good prevention method.

3.    Relief of soreness: Certain massage therapy techniques are specifically designed to relieve muscle soreness. When muscles are sore, they stop functioning properly, which can lead to a host of mobility problems throughout the body. Massage therapy techniques, particularly the deep tissue massage, target pain to reduce soreness and restore functionality.

4.    Tight muscle relief: Tight muscles impact our bodies in surprising ways—one of which is posture. Your body’s balance can be thrown off by just one tense muscle. After prolonged tension is allowed to exist, other muscles begin to tense up as they automatically try to compensate for other parts of the body. It’s like a chain reaction where before long the entire body feels tensed up. The right kind of massage therapy will target the source of the tension and alleviate symptoms in the other muscles as well.

5.    Reduce stress:  It’s no secret that stress levels are directly related to overall health. Stress causes heart disease, depression and other scary side-effects that negatively impact our health.  Prolonged high levels of stress can even cause premature aging. Massage therapy is an effective and relaxing way to rid our lives of stress.

No matter what your ailment, consider spending some time at a spa soon to experience some of these benefits for yourself. Whether you’re looking for a day to escape or an hour to recharge, the right massage therapists will deliver the finest treatments to provide unwavering relaxation and rejuvenation. If you want to make it a fun social event, grab a loved one, spouse, or friend and find your balance together.