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   Jan 05

Health Benefits of Getting a Massage

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FacialHave you ever tried massage therapy? If you are suffering from back pain, headaches, and other ailments, massage therapy may be able to help. Many people are turning to massage to help alleviate pain and rejuvenate the body. Read on to learn about the many health benefits of massage therapy.

Types of Massages

There are several different massage options you can enjoy. Some people opt for a basic massage, which allows the therapist to do some basic work on all the different areas of the body. If you are dealing with intense neck or back pain, the therapist can spend more time working on the muscles in those regions. Other common massage options include Swedish massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point massage, prenatal massage, and geriatric massage. Each massage option will provide different health benefits based on your age and the way your body responds to the massage. Here are some of the health benefits one can expect from massage therapy:

Reduced Anxiety

When you receive a massage, you will see tremendous benefits in relieving any anxiety issues you may have. If you go in for a massage, you need to tell the therapist what some of your health concerns are. That way the therapist can focus on using different oils and scents for you to breathe during the massage that may assist in reducing anxiety. As you take deep breaths and relax during the massage, you will see a reduction in your anxiety level. The other thing massage therapy will do is help reduce problems with depression, as it increases the serotonin and dopamine levels in the body.

Improved Digestive Health

Massage therapy can assist with your digestive health. As the therapist works on each of the muscles in the body, they are helping to push toxins out of the muscles. Drinking water after the massage will help to flush these toxins out of the body, improving your digestive health, reducing problems with headaches, and improving your energy level.

Relieve Back Pain

If you are like most Americans, you probably sit for several hours a day. Sitting can cause a number of problems with your health. Most people will complain of lower back pain, neck strain, and other issues. This commonly occurs from sitting for long periods of time, as the muscles aren’t challenged. Plus, most of us do not maintain correct posture while sitting. A massage will help relieve this intense back pain and reduce inflammation of the muscles. Patients dealing with fibromyalgia, knee pain, and nerve pain have also found relief through regular massage therapy.

Improve Immunity

The other important health benefit you can expect from massage therapy is an improvement in your immunity level. If you are always getting sick, try receiving regular massages. Massage will help increase the activity levels of the natural killer T cells. These cells help fight off viruses and other issues, such as tumors.

Reduced Blood Pressure

Another health benefit you can expect from massage is an improvement in your blood pressure. Receiving regular massages can help lower your blood pressure, according to several studies.

Clearly, massage therapy conveys numerous health benefits, so schedule a visit today!

This article was written by Laura Green.  Laura loves getting a massage to relax and at the end of a long work day, she loves to unwind in her T4 Spa pedicure chair. 

Jessica Staheli

About the author: Jessica Staheli is a health and fitness nut. She loves to write about being healthy and getting in shape. You can follow her at Google+

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