Many people especially in the Western world believe that a massage is a modern concept. This is far from the truth. People have been receiving massages for close to five thousand years. In fact, the earliest record of a massage was in Saqqara, Egypt. Interestingly, this record was in the Tomb of Akmanthora, i.e. the Tomb of the Physician. The fact that this archaeological find exists in a physician’s tomb is ample evidence that ancient civilizations knew of the many benefits of massage therapy. Unfortunately, many people are still unaware of these many benefits. Here are some of these benefits.
It Lowers Depression and Anxiety Levels
The world is full of chaos. We live in a state of numerous wars, financial ruin, natural disasters, political turmoil and social strife. Depression and anxiety can quickly set in during such chaotic times. Massage therapy will help you to cope with any depression and anxiety. This kind of therapy achieves this goal by boosting the levels of two critical neurotransmitters i.e. dopamine and serotonin in your body. These two neurotransmitters will stimulate feelings of happiness in you in addition to making you more active. A massage will also reduce your stress levels by lowering the amount of cortisol in your body. It is important for you to note that cortisol is a hormone that is generally responsible for high stress levels in your body. The reduction of cortisol levels in your body also lowers your blood pressure.
It Eases Body Pain
Many people suffer from body pains due to the kind of work they do or because of some chronic illness. Massage therapy can help you to ease this pain. More specifically, a massage will reduce your body’s stiffness and level of pain while increasing your muscles range of motion. A massage will do this by improving your body’s circulation system, which hastens your process of recovery from pain. In addition, a massage dissipates the pain you feel in one part of your body to other parts of your body. This means that a massage is just as good as acupuncture, yoga and exercise when it comes to relieving you of body pain.
It Improves Your Health
A massage will improve your body’s health in a number of ways. To begin with, it will reduce your stress levels by lowering cortisol levels as earlier mentioned. This means that a stress free life with lead to lower risks of developing health complications such as habitual eating. A massage can also lead to a greater count in your body’s white blood cells. In other words, your body’s immune system will receive a tremendous boost each time you go for a session in massage therapy.
It Improves Your Sleep
Sleeping is important for everyone. It gives your body time to relax and recuperate. Sadly, many of us cannot sleep well. This is where massage therapy comes in. It induces sleep in both adults and infants. This occurs when a massage positively affects the delta waves in your brain that normally induce sleep. In fact, this is the reason why so many people feel like sleeping when receiving a massage. Moreover, babies cry less and sleep more if subjected to frequent but gentle infant massages.
It Curbs Your Headaches
Headaches are a common occurrence. Sometimes, they go away but at times, they just seem to last forever. You can easily deal with this problem by subjecting yourself to frequent massages. Studies have shown that a massage can lower the frequency and severity of headaches. This normally happens because a massage reduces your tension, anxiety, stress and depression. This means that you will not think so hard about trivial issues. Your head will be free of negative thoughts and as such, your headaches will reduce in severity and frequency.
It Corrects Your Sitting Imbalance
This imbalance often leads to postural stress. This kind of stress causes stiffness in your neck and shoulders. You should not live with such an uncomfortable stiffness. You can deal with it by getting a massage. This would be a cost effective, exciting and highly effective means of dealing with postural stress. There is no need for you to sit at your office desk all day, develop a stiff neck and then go on with life as though you are comfortable with how things are. Deal with this problem by getting a massage.
These are some of the many benefits of massage. Other benefits include helping you to cope with any physical stress that comes with cancer treatment, improving your skin’s appearance and finally, increasing your level of alertness at home, school or the office. Go on. Try it today. You will not regret it.