The Healing Properties of Massage

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 21:00

Not only do massages feel good, but they can be beneficial to your health and well-being too. General benefits from massage include relaxation, improved circulation, and muscle relief. But studies also show that massage can help with anxiety, digestive disorders, depression, and pain relief as well. 

Skin and muscle stimulation increases blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients through the muscles at a faster pace. This stimulation also induces relaxation, lowering the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. Muscle tightness and chronic pain lessen as the body relaxes during and after the massage.

While no one would argue that massages are bad for you, most are unaware of just how helpful they can be. In fact, some believe that massage has healing properties and can help with the following list of ailments:

  • Nerve compression
  • Scar tissue
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Sport injuries
  • Back pain
  • Depression
  • Arthritis pain
  • High blood pressure

Massage: The Healing Touch

In a fast-paced society, our bodies aren’t given much time to relax. Therefore, the body misses out on the benefits of relaxation like relief from soreness, body pain, anxiety, insomnia, and high blood pressure. Through massage, the body can easily enter into a state of relaxation and healing.

Muscle Soreness

Studies have shown that people who receive massages after an intense workout report less muscle soreness and full recovery sooner. The increase of blood flow to the muscles during a massage helps muscles to recover faster and reduces muscle injuries. Many athletes use foam rollers as a simple self-massage option.

Pain

Back pain, surgery pain, or chronic pain can be lessened with massage. Researchers discovered that people who take time for massages reduce their physical pain in relation to back pain or surgery. In fact, a study done by the University of Miami School of Medicine revealed that massages reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. Meanwhile, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported that massage is the best treatment for lower back pain.

Stress, Anxiety, Depression

Massage has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms. In the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Australian researchers reported that massage reduced pain and anxiety for 152 cardiac surgery patients. Cortisol levels drop during a massage, which then decreases anxiety and stress.

Insomnia or Sleeplessness

During a massage, the muscle and skin stimulation triggers delta waves in the brain that increase serotonin levels. Both delta waves and higher serotonin levels increase feelings of happiness and relaxation. Studies show again and again that people who take time to get massages often are able to relax more and therefore sleep better. 

High Blood Pressure

When massage is a regular part of someone’s routine, the relaxation-inducing process reduces blood pressure. This is partially due to the reduction of cortisol levels in the body as well as the enhanced blood circulation ridding the body of toxins faster.

 

Massage has powerful healing properties for both physical and mental health. When you take the time to care for your body through massage, you are preventing a number of issues that many Americans struggle with. Call Cloud 9 Spa today to schedule your own rejuvenating massage today!