5 Major Benefits of Massage

Male MassageProfessional massage is great for your physical and mental health in general, it is certainly far more than just an indulgence. Here though are the five main benefits of massage:

1. Relax, Physically and Mentally

Physical and mental relaxation are linked and massage helps with both. You can’t feel mentally relaxed if your muscles are tight and aching, you can’t let your body relax if you have too much constantly on your mind either. Sometimes to relax you need to get out of your daily routine and away from your work or anywhere where you could do any kind of work. With a professional massage you have the time to just relax and do nothing else, away from reminders about whatever it is causing you stress it is much easier to forget it and the soothing massage will slip your mind into a relaxed and neutral state. Physically your muscles can be relaxed by massage helping to release lactic acid and getting rid of knots and tightness. The whole body is interlinked and often one muscle being relaxed will allow others in turn to relax.

2. Get better sleep

If you often have trouble sleeping it could be down to problems that professional massage can help with. Poor sleep is often linked to back and muscle problems, this means you have to move often due to discomfort meaning you wake up or at least do not enter a deep rapid eye movement sleep. Muscle problems also may lead to cramps in the night that as well as being very painful are going to disturb your sleep for the rest of the night once you have had a serious cramp.
Sleep problems like insomnia are more likely to be linked to stress and not being able to relax. A professional massage after work should hopefully keep you relaxed for the rest of the evening and help you sleep. Even a regular massage though will help you throughout the week as if you generally feel more relaxed sleep will come naturally.

3. Stay energetic

To be energetic at work you need good sleep of course that as just mentioned can be helped by massage. Being energetic though also comes down to having muscles that feel ready to work and not weary or aching. Muscles that are well exercised may cause aching and pain that slows you down but a massage can help to relax muscles and help them mend more quickly. Massage also improves circulation around the body as a whole and can therefore aid oxygen getting round the body, this includes to muscles that will therefore work better and also the brain. When you are at work the brain easily gets tired but good circulation will combat this.

4. Help with sports and other injuries

Injuries to muscles and joints happen from time to time, some are serious others less so; often the less serious injuries such as a pull or a sprain are almost ignored at the time but then linger on for months or years. Treating injuries with professional massage straight away may aid the healing process: this is done by increasing the flow of blood to muscles that carry oxygen and platelets to help fix damaged muscles. Knots and tight muscles can be relaxed through massage before they cause damage to nearby muscles.

5. Feel pampered

We said that massage is more than just indulgence, sometimes though you deserve to indulge yourself and do something that you just want to do for yourself. Feeling pampered is important every now and again, rewarding yourself often for hard work makes the hard work seem more worthwhile and helps prevent burnout. A pampering massage with friends is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, especially on a rare day off. Going to a massage spa is about more than the massage as well, it is an escape and a relaxing calming environment.

About Doug Powell

Doug Powell, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida offering Swedish, deep tissue, sports and therapeutic massage therapy. He is a graduate of the Orlando Institute of Massage Therapy where he finished his studies at the top of his class. He has practiced professional massage therapy in Orlando since 1996 and is a member of the Massage Network and International Massage Association.
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My goal as a natural health care practitioner is to encourage the body and mind to regain and maintain their normal function. Indeed, when you create health, dis-ease disappears.
As you help the body regain it’s normal function, many health problems resolve naturally. Some of the conditions I have successfully worked with include:
low back pain
joint pain
neck and shoulder pain
chronic low energy/weakness
stress overload
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