9 Health Benefits of Massage to Improve Your Well-Being

Massage-Therapy-Sxc-huA recent study found that massage therapy really does work on sore muscles after an intense workout. While many sessions last between 30 and 60 minutes, a 10 minute rubdown can reduce inflammation and help the muscles recover faster.

However, the health benefits go far and beyond relieving aches and pains after a workout, according to additional research. The following are 9 reasons to integrate massage into your life:

  1. Relief from anxiety and depression – Getting a rubdown reduces the level of cortisol, a hormone produced by stress. In addition, you get a boost in dopamine and serotonin.
  2. Pain reduction – People who are in pain, especially in the back, experience relief. It also reduces pain related to stiffness.
  3. Improved sleep – Massage can help you sleep better. This has been attributed to improvement in delta waves, which are brain waves associated with deep sleep.
  4. Better immunity – When you are reducing stress, you are giving your immune system a boost. You also receive an increase in white blood cells that fight disease.
  5. PMS relief – PMS symptoms, such as bloating and mood swings are not as bad. This not only benefits the client, but also benefits everyone around her because she feels less symptomatic.
  6. Increased Alertness – if you are a college student or someone who has to focus on an intensive job, your brainpower will get a little boost. A research study showed that individuals given a series of math questions after being massaged answered them faster and more accurately.
  7. Headache relief – if you experience a lot of headaches, they could be related to tension. When those tense areas causing the headaches are massaged, they loosen up and provide some relief. Some individuals who have headaches that are not tension headaches have also reported relief.
  8. Improved circulation – Slack skin is plumped up and blood flow improves. This causes lymphatic drainage to improve, as well as brightens a dull complexion and dull hair. If you don’t have time to make an appointment, you can rub your scalp and face yourself for a few minutes a day.
  9. Helps health conditions – Many surgeons and physicians recommend that patients have massage after surgery and other medical procedures. Research has shown that it helps speed up recovery. Individuals with chronic fatigue, heart disease, and cancer also benefit.

If you haven’t made an appointment before, perhaps now is the time to do so and improve your health.

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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. If you suffer from chronic muscle tension, pain or persistent stress, discover how my professional services can help you! Get Well and Stay Well 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 Is This Work Right for You? People come to me for a variety of reasons. For many, a weekly massage serves as an antidote to stress or as a recuperative phase of their fitness program. Others are looking for help with chronic pain or injuries. The services I offer are tailored to meet your needs whether you are ill, in tip-top shape, or somewhere in between. The goal is to increase your wellness: your vitality, your ease of movement, the function of your body, and your peace of mind.
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