Did you know massages have been proven by science have a wide range of health benefits? Not that you needed any additional reasons, the benefits of a massage are quite clear when you’re on the massage table, completely Zen. But if you want to know what other benefits there are to massages, here are the seven health benefits of massages…
1. Massages Relieve Pain
It’s not just imagined, a massage can lead to significant pain relief. A massage benefits sore muscles, stiffness, and sports injuries. They can also decrease chronic back pain and provide a better range of motion for people with osteoarthritis and other joint conditions.
2. Massages Reduce Anxiety & Depression
Massages have been proven to be able to reduce anxiety and depression. They stimulate the production of neurotransmitter serotonin, a substance in the brain that’s widely associated with feelings of happiness. Massages also reduce the production of cortisol, often called ‘the stress hormone’ and therefore massages can make you feel less anxious.
3. Massages Are Good for Your Blood & Cells
Massages encourage lymphatic drainage. This is the transportation of toxins out and away from cells so that there’s more place for nutrients. It also increases blood circulation. Both these things have great effects on your complexion and hair, which is why we always include a massage in our facials.
4. Massages Make You More Alert
Studies found that massages - even short ones that last about 15 to 30 minutes - increase alertness and problem solving abilities. So they’re a great way to start your day!
5. Massages Decrease Headaches & Migraines
Due to the beneficial effects of massages on stress, there are a lot of massage benefits for stress induced conditions, like tension headaches. But massage benefits aren’t limited to tension headaches. Massages can also lead to fewer migraine attacks and less painful migraine attacks.
6. Massages Boost The Immune System
Although the support for this finding isn’t very large yet, science does indicate that a massage benefits the immune system. Researchers have found more disease-fighting white blood cells in people who received regular massages. It’s not a surprising finding: Stress puts your immune system on hold, which can damage it in the long run, and massages decrease stress and thus this damage.
7. Massages Increase The Quality of Sleep
People who struggle with insomnia or other sleep problems should give regular massages a try. Massages can increase healthy sleeping patterns, something that’s thought to be due to the effect massages have on delta waves; brain waves associated with sleeping.
Want to enjoy these health benefits and get a heavenly massage? Call Spa Sophia at 310.564.6676 to set an appointment today, or book online.