Why Massage Is Good For You?
Many people are encouraged to have a massage because of the good feeling it brings to the body. Even a 30-minute hand, body or foot massage session, which involves pressing, rubbing and manipulating the skin and muscles, can be truly relaxing and enjoyable. However, there’s more to massages than just the stress relief. They bring a number of health benefits.
For years, massage has been viewed as a holistic approach to wellness. That’s why many people make it a part of their lifestyle. But not everyone can go to a spa or massage parlor because of busyness. So, today there are different ways to have a massage and does not need you to be in a parlor. There are automated massage equipment that can provide that sensuous touch and relaxing feeling.
Massage for Relief from Health Issues
Massage therapy is considered as the best natural treatment for headaches and back pains. Compared to pain medications, this is better and without any undesirable side effects. (You feel a bit of soreness but not severe pain. If you feel pain something else might be wrong).
Using essential oils together with the massage further increases its effectiveness. This is also good for osteoarthritis. Just one hour each week of massage session can make your joints less stiff. At the same time, your muscles will be less tense.
Massage involves repeated muscle compression, which enhances blood circulation. This leads to the reduction of lactic acid build up. Moreover, when blood vessels are efficiently pumping blood, the cells and tissues of the body get the oxygen and nutrients they need. Other organ functions improve including the elimination of toxic substances.
Massage therapy relaxes the muscles and reduces fatigue. There’s reduction in the production of stress hormones and an increase in serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical that is capable of giving the person positive thoughts and emotions. Thus, it has the potential to address depression and anxiety. Patients like those with cancer who might be suffering from these symptoms can also benefit from having massage sessions.
Many people suffer from high blood pressure because of the current lifestyle and its accompanying stress. Massage therapy has been found effective to lower blood pressure, which in turn, lowers the risk for heart disease.
Who should not have a massage?
Having a half to one-hour session of massage per week can go a long way in helping you feel good and be healthier. But massage is not for everybody. It is not recommended for some people to have a body massage.
People who should not get a massage include those who are pregnant, those who are bleeding or taking blood thinners and those with severe osteoporosis, fracture, deep vein thrombosis and severe thrombocytopenia. It is a must that you talk to your doctor first if you have these conditions before you go for a massage session.
Lastly, be sure to find a massage therapist who is licensed or certified and well-trained. Otherwise, you could learn to do a self-massage or have your partner learn to massage you at home.
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