Massages continue to rise in popularity. Currently, more men than women are getting them.
Parents are more likely to book appointments than people who don’t have kids. And more people prefer to go to a spa or a massage therapist’s office than having a professional come to their home.
But since only 25 percent of men and 21 percent of women get regular massages, we thought it would be a good idea to share what the benefits of massage therapy are. If you’re considering booking an appointment, here are 10 reasons why you should:
1. Massages Boost Immunity
There are different types of massage therapy. But no matter what kind of massage you get, all of them will help to increase blood circulation. Massages also increase the number of cells that help to strengthen your immune system.
The stronger your immunity is, the less likely you are to get sick. That’s why it’s a good idea to schedule appointments during the cold and flu season.
2. Massages Reduce Stress
Something else that massage therapy does is reduce stress levels. When you get a therapeutic massage, it decreases the stress hormone known as cortisol in your system. Since stress triggers health-related issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments, the less stress that’s in your system the better.
3. Massages Relieve Depression and Anxiety
Have you been feeling low lately? If so, consider getting a Swedish massage or deep tissue massage. Both are full body massages (deep tissue applies more pressure) that will increase serotonin levels in your system.
That’s good to know because serotonin is a hormone that regulates your moods. It also reduces feelings that are associated with anxiety and depression. As a bonus, serotonin maintains bone health and speeds up the healing of wounds too.
4. Massages Decrease Headaches and Migraines
Massage therapy also relieves tension. It decreases the pressure on your body’s nerves and blood vessels. That causes fewer headaches and migraines.
If you suffer from painful head pressure, ask your therapist to incorporate peppermint oil into your massages. Studies reveal that it will relieve head tension too.
5. Massages Make for an Easier Pregnancy
Your body goes through many changes when you’re pregnant. That’s why prenatal massage therapy is a good idea. This is another time when a Swedish massage is beneficial because it relieves skeletal and circulatory discomfort.
There are other benefits of massage therapy that transpire when you’re pregnant. Massage therapy helps to:
- Balance hormones
- Decrease inflammation and swelling
- Soothe nerve pain
- Improve the quality of your skin
- Increase oxygenation to your muscles
Just make sure to book your prenatal massage appointments after you reach your second trimester. You increase the risk of miscarriage if you get one before then.
6. Massages Lower Blood Pressure
1 in 2 Americans has hypertension (high blood pressure). High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and strokes.
Several studies reveal that a Swedish massage helps to improve vital signs which leads to lower blood pressure and heart rates. Studies also show that when people get their back, hands, and feet massaged, this can help to lower blood pressure quickly.
7. Massages Make You More Flexible
Something else that different types of massage therapy do is make you more flexible. When therapists work on muscles, joints, and connective tissues, that makes your joints more fluid and improves your range of motion. Being more flexible comes with the following benefits:
- You experience fewer injuries
- You have better posture
- You feel less pain
- Your muscles are less stiff
- You’re less stressed
8. Massages Provide an Energy Boost
Are you constantly feeling drained? Massage therapy provides an energy boost! The pressure that your body receives during a massage session helps to detoxify your system.
That causes your blood to flow better. It also brings more oxygen to your cells. As a direct result, you will feel less sluggish and more energized.
Massages also improve digestion. Food provides fuel. When your digestive system is working properly, that will give you more energy as well.
9. It Improves Your Sex Life
Now that you’ve read so many things that a massage can do, it makes sense that it would improve your sex life. This is especially the case if you use massage therapy on certain pressure points.
- A head massage calms you
- A foot massage increases blood flood to your genital region
- A belly massage boosts energy
- A thigh massage stimulates erogenous zones
- A back massage increases range of motion
Bottom line, a massage makes you feel great. When you feel good, sex feels even better!
10. Massages Help You to Sleep Better
70 million Americans have chronic sleep issues. A lack of sleep causes moodiness, a lack of concentration, a lower libido, and shorter longevity. A deep tissue massage will improve these things.
That’s because it’s the kind of therapeutic massage that reduces tension in your muscles. A deep tissue massage also helps your body to relax by increasing blood circulation and relieving pain.
When your body is at ease, your quality of sleep is better. And that’s great for your health overall.
Use Massage Therapy to Make You Feel Great
As you can see, there are many benefits of massage therapy. There are several that can get you to feeling better as soon as today.
Do you live in the North Dallas area? If so, we want to help you to feel your holistic best.
Feel free to give us a call at 972-632-6615 or to book an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you.