Massage is a natural therapy to decrease muscle tension, pain, stress and depression.
Massage is often appreciated as a luxury- ‘a relaxing treat for special occasions.’ The therapeutic benefits to the body, mind and spirit associated with a massage make it an essential.
Here are a few reasons why it’s one of the most practiced natural medicines to date-
- Ease muscle pain
Got sore muscles? Massage therapy is the perfect answer. The soothing massage movements increase the flow of blood to body parts which eases the muscle pain and soreness. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found “massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.”
- Soothe anxiety and depression
Massage is incredibly therapeutic and relaxing. In a study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience 2005, it was concluded that women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and angry.
Another study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found ‘patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy and had reduced stress levels after massage.’
- Improve sleep
Massage encourages restful sleep allowing you to rest comfortably. “Massage promotes relaxation and sleep in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy”, says Lisa Marie de Miranda, registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Paleolife massage therapy. Also, research from the University of Warwick concluded that massages help infants sleep more, cry less and reduce their stress levels.
- Ease back pain
Chronic lower back pain is a common occurrence that is hard to treat. A massage is a drug-free, natural way to ease back pain. Around 50 percent of people with chronic lower back pain who are given massage therapy experienced significant improvements in their pain levels.
- Boost mood
Relaxation always boosts mood and massage is the best approach to relaxation. It is a perfect therapy for those who suffer from depression. After analysing several studies, the researchers from Taiwan concluded that massage therapy sessions significantly reduce their depressive symptoms.
Massage therapy increases the release of ‘happy hormones’ such as endorphins that reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, thus promoting feelings of happiness and well-being.
Regular massage can benefit your health in more ways than you can ever imagine. So, make time for yourself and experience a massage for your health and well-being.