One of the easiest ways to relax after a long and stressing day at work is getting a massage. Massage therapy is a centuries-old practice that has been used to provide relaxation, remove toxins from the body, promote healing in the body and generally improve the overall health of an individual. Here are some of the main benefits that you get from massages.
Massage involves the rubbing and manipulation of the major muscles and tendons, ligaments and the skin. Previously, massage was reserved to spas; however, the practice has moved to the medical setups such as hospitals. Massages are now being used to alleviate pain that is caused by conditions such as cancer, blood clots, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis.
The benefits of massages
Besides helping one relax, massages are good because of the following reasons:
* Stress, anxiety and depression relief: A massage is the easiest way of reducing stress levels for many people. It also helps reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. This is because the rubbing and manipulation of body cells and organs promote blood circulation and encourage the release of endorphins, or the ‘feel good’ hormones. Massages also help a person have better sleep, better concentration, and increased energy levels.
* Relief from stress and stiffness of joints: The endorphins that are released during the process of massage also act as a pain reliever. Besides providing relief from the common joint pains, massages are good for relief of migraine pain. It helps athletes feel better when they are experiencing muscle cramps after a difficult workout session.
* Immune system functions and skin benefits: Another benefit that comes from having full body massage performed is that it improves the function of the immune system. There are certain therapy types that improve the drainage of the lymphatic system. Massage is also a great way to improve skin tone. It encourages tissue regeneration, which helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars from injuries.
All these are the benefits that one can get from Massage Therapy. As you can see, a massage not only relaxes, but also improves immunity and promotes longevity.