Massage. Whether it’s a friendly, therapeutic or romantic gesture, it’s always a good thing. A massage can help you unwind and release some of the tension in your busy life. In fact, there are several benefits you can reap from getting massaged regularly – aside from taking you to your happy place.
Reduce blood pressure.
Massage is a natural way to relieve stress, headaches and blood pressure levels. When done consistently, massage is known to lower diastolic and systolic blood pressure, decrease stress-hormone levels, and lessen the sources for anxiety, depression and hostility. Lowered blood pressure means you’ll be decreasing the chance of a heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. All good things, y’all!
Boost immune system.
When you’re stressed, you generally lack sleep and fall into a pattern of bad nutrition. Therefore, your immune system is weakened and it’s easier for you to get sick. Studies have shown that regular massage can increase the immune system’s “killer cells” and lower the number of T-cells. This leads to a better functioning immune system and a more powerful (less sick) you!
Aid in muscle recovery.
You probably already knew that massage is a natural way to relieve muscle tension and pain. However, research has shown that massage can actually trigger biochemical sensors that send inflammation-reducing signals to muscle cells. In other words, massage can literally help your muscles heal faster. Even just a 10-minute massage can go a long way.
A common trait of anxiety is tightened breathing. Stress can cause the muscles around the rib cage and abdomen to tighten – and it’s hard to relax when you feel like you can’t take a big, full-bellied breath. Since massage helps the body learn how to relax, breathing can naturally become easier and deeper. Sidebar: enhanced breathing will promote a more effective workout routine. You can go longer and harder!
Try to make massage a regular thing. If not weekly, get massaged once a month. Got a significant other? Massage each other at the end of the day – it’s a great reward and shows someone that you truly care about their wellbeing. And of course, have a chat with your doctor before trying massage, so you can determine if it’s right for you.