Many people are turning to Massage Therapy to benefit from both physical and emotional health benefits. As a result, there are many massage therapy styles with a wide range of movements, pressures and techniques designed to achieve optimal health benefits.
Six Health Benefits of Massage Therapy
1. Helps to Control Anxiety and Depression
Since massage is soothing, it can relieve anxiety and depression. It reduces the hormone cortisol level in the body, a hormone which causes stress, leading to lifted spirits and normally lower blood pressure. Also it can boost dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters involved in depression. Massage can significantly lower insulin levels and heart rate, resulting in reduced daily stress. It also can encourage healthy sleep as it has an effect on the delta waves, which is a type of brain waves associated with deep sleep. Lack of enough sleep is linked to stress and therefore, massage help curb stress.
2. Relaxes Muscles
When people are sitting for long hours, they may experience back or muscle pain. Massage therapy can help ease this pain as it relaxes tense muscles as it increases and improves blood circulation. Also, massage has been associated with reduced stiffness and pain and an improved range of movement in individuals with osteoarthritis.
3. Boosts Immunity
Massage has also been associated with enhanced immune system. Research studies have found that massage increases white blood cells in the body, which are responsible for fighting diseases. Massage can naturally boost the cytotoxic capacity of the immune system, which is the action level of the natural ‘killer cells’ of the body.
4. Relieves Headaches
Just like back and muscle pain, massage is also for headache relief. Research studies have demonstrated that regular massage can decrease an individual’s number of migraines and limit how painful each migraine feels. Massage helps to relieve the pain and pressure felt and also lower the likelihood and frequency of headaches. Massage helps to curb some of the anxiety and anger linked to tension headaches.
5. Eases Cancer Treatment
Due to the many benefits of massage as discussed above, it can also be particularly helpful for individuals suffering from or undergoing treatment for chronic diseases, such as cancer. Several studies have demonstrated that massage can ease aches, swelling, fatigue, nausea, anxiety or depression in patients. It can enhance relaxation and decrease cancer symptoms or side effects from treatment.
Just a little massaging in the right area can also have beauty benefits. Massage enhances blood circulation which plumps up sagging skin and promotes lymphatic drainage adding vitality to dry and lackluster skin. You do not even need to make an appointment with your health practitioner, just using daily circular motions with your fingertips on your face and scalp for a few minutes can make a difference.
To fell better, ease any pain, reduce stress levels and feel peaceful, make an appointment with your preferred massage therapist. The growing recognition of the health benefits of massage makes it an essential component of your wellness routine.
If you are in Toronto, massage therapy appointments can be booked on (416) 479-8311.