The Hidden Health Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massages are more than just occasional indulgences. Sure, they are staples while you relax while on vacation, but massage therapy is also a proven health and mood treatment found to remedy a host of chronic health problems, from blood pressure to PMS and everything in between. Take a moment to consider read these six additional hidden health benefits, which are bound to motivate you to book a massage today. The best part? When you’re ready, McAllister Spa can book most massage requests within an hour.
Massage Soothes Anxiety & Depression
Feeling less than your usual spunky self? A relaxing Swedish massage, characterized by long, soothing strokes, has been clinically proven to trigger the release of feel-good chemicals oxytocin and serotonin in the brain, giving your mood an instant boost.
Bonus benefits: massage also decreases production of stress hormone cortisol, lowers blood pressure and slows an overactive heart rate to encourage lasting effects.
Massage Improves Sleep Quality
Turns out resting easy is as simple as booking a massage. If you’ve ever dozed off on a massage table, you don’t need convincing that regular sessions have been proven to regulate a less than perfect sleep cycle. Recent studies examining this link credit massages’ effect with significantly and positively enhancing the quality and duration of delta waves, AKA the ones most responsible for your deep sleep.
Massage Boosts Immunity
We know you have much better things to do than nurse a cold in bed. Turns out a good old-fashioned rubdown is just what the doctor ordered. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found people who received a 45-minute massage saw an increase in white blood cells, which play a large role in defending the body from disease.
Massage Counteracts All That Sitting Around
Desk jockeys- this one’s for you. With a majority of the day spent slumped over a keyboard, sedentary desk workers are the most susceptible to postural stress. This condition manifests itself in the form of pain and weakness in the low back and behind, as well as tension in the shoulders and neck, and massage can help remedy the negative effects of office work. Luckily, (because hunchbacks aren’t a good look for anyone) targeted massage therapy can help you regain structural alignment and have been shown to counteract the imbalance caused by #DeskLife.
Massage Relieves Headache
When life’s got your brain in a death grip you just can’t seem to shake, science says a spa session is in order. Recent research from Granada University found that a single session of massage therapy had an immediate effect on perceived pain in people with chronic tension headaches and has also been proven to decrease the frequency and severity of episodes.
Massage Beats PMS
This health benefit is just for the ladies (and probably the lucky gentleman by your side as well)! A recent study conducted by the University of Miami found that regular massage sessions effectively wiped away common culprits of PMS. Say buh-bye to mood swings, bloating, headaches and menstrual-related weight gain for good.