It’s a new year and you’ve made your resolutions. Maybe you want to start a new program at the gym or you want to get to the gym on a regular basis. We all start working really hard to make changes at the beginning of the year, but do we make the changes that really make us feel good and help our body heal? How about a regular massage?!
Massage has so many benefits whether it’s in a chair for you back and neck or full body on a table. A monthly massage can help you manage sore muscles and is a great way to relieve stress. But the biggest benefit; it FEELS GREAT! Yes, the therapist may have to work through some of your kinks and knots, but the end result is the best!
There are many choices of the type of massage and of course the therapist that works for you. Ask your friendly Fitness Trainer for recommendations on therapists in your area. Or, more than likely someone you know has already made the discovery and has a regular person that they see. Ask around to get your friends opinions, but don’t wait! And, for a little more on WHY you should get a massage, check out these tips below.
The Benefits Of Massage (Massagetherapy.com)
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
· Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
· Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
· Ease medication dependence.
· Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
· Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
· Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
· Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
· Increase joint flexibility.
· Lessen depression and anxiety.
· Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
· Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
· Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
· Reduce spasms and cramping.
· Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
· Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
· Relieve migraine pain.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
· Decreased anxiety.
· Enhanced sleep quality.
· Greater energy.
· Improved concentration.
· Increased circulation.
· Reduced fatigue.