Regularly Scheduled Massages: A Fine Luxury Service or Preventative Health Care Measure?
It would seem that the general consensus surrounding massages is that they are some type of indulgent luxury. However, with a little review and research, the health benefits of regular massages prove that it’s not such much self indulgence as it is a wellness necessity.
When the human body undergoes stress, adrenaline and cortisol are naturally released to help react to the situation. Unfortunately, this “fight or flight” reaction can be prolonged resulting in difficulty relaxing. Massage therapy helps to combat these by reducing cortisol levels in the body while increasing endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine.
- Immune System:
Massage, whether Swedish or Deep Tissue, promote and stimulate lymph flow. By promoting the functionality of the lymph system it helps to remove toxins.
Massage helps improve the circulatory system thus increasing the levels of oxygen in the body. Additionally, because massages help the body to relax, they promote better sleep, which also boosts energy levels.
Psychological health issues can be related to elevated cortisol levels. Massage helps to combat these by reducing levels of cortisol while increasing neurotransmitters that combat depression and anxiety.
Massage is a better way to help manage pain as well as stress. Regardless of the style of massage, this form of treatment is proven to help alleviate pain.
- Giving vs. Receiving:
Studies show that the person providing the massage also experiences a reduction in anxiety by lowering cortisol levels and an increase of endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine.
Although, massages do take more time and a little more out of pocket expense, they shouldn’t be treated as a luxury item. Given the scientific research and findings, massage should be a part of one’s wellness plan alongside exercise and proper nutrition.