5 Great Benefits of Massage

| by Michelle Davenport, Owner at The Woodhouse Day Spa - Streets At SouthGlenn, under Wellness

For many people, a massage is considered a luxury and something you’d only do if someone gave you a gift certificate.

But advocates of massage, from health practitioners to athletes, understand that massage can contribute to your wellness beyond the immediate sense of relaxation you feel.

So for those of you who still need convincing, we’ll discuss the following five great benefits of message:

  • Reducing Anxiety and Stress
  • Fighting Insomnia
  • Tension Relief
  • Injury Recovery
  • Increased Range of Motion


Reducing Anxiety and Stress

Stress and anxiety are common concerns for many people in today’s busy world.

Not only do they impact our mental health, but they also contribute to physical health issues like high blood pressure, digestion issues, headaches and more.

In an article in Psychology Today, Dr. James Lake of Integrative Mental Health Care noted that:

“The anxiety-reducing and mood enhancing benefits of massage are probably related to changes in EEG activity, decreased levels of cortisol and increased activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which acts automatically to calm the body and brain during stress.”

If you’re experiencing stress and anxiety, you might try a Swedish Massage.

Swedish Massage incorporates kneading motions and long strokes to relax and improve circulation.

The message can be enhanced by the use of essential oils like lavender and chamomile.


Fighting Insomnia

Nearly a third of adults in America suffer from insomnia to one degree or another, which can lead to greater health issues including exhaustion, reduced cognitive functioning and even depression.

While clear connections have not been made between massage, brain chemistry, and healthy sleep, there are studies that indicate that “massage can directly influence the body’s production of serotonin”, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in our ability to sleep.

If you’re having difficulty sleeping, a Deep Sleep Massage, which combines massage, aromatherapy oils and a heated compress to relax the head,  neck and back, might be the key to enjoying some quality sleep.


Tension Relief

Muscle tension can come from a variety of reasons, most notably stress, overuse and injury. This tension, when left untreated, can result in more long-term physical ailments like back and neck pain, muscle spasms and even tension headaches.

Deep Tissue Massage, which focuses on the inner portions of your muscles, can help alleviate muscle tension, ultimately reducing some of its more long-lasting detrimental effects.


Injury Recovery

Massage can also play a crucial role when recovering from muscle-related injuries, whether they’re the result of sports, overuse or an accident.

A study cited in The Atlantic noted that, “Massage speeds up muscle healing by activating molecules that reduce inflammation and promote mitochondrial growth.”

Not only does massage relieve the tension that often comes as the result of an injury, but it also improves circulation and reduces inflammation to speed up the recovery process.


Increased Range of Motion

Whether you’re hoping to gain flexibility, improve your posture or boost your athletic performance, the Core Body Balancing Massage can help you increase your range of motion.

In this massage, the MT incorporates therapeutic stretching techniques to improve your overall muscle performance.

As you can see, the health benefits of massage are real and numerous.

And while a Woodhouse Massage is luxurious, we’ve designed our massages to also be healing treatments with a wide range of health benefits.

We hope to see you soon for a relaxing - and health improving - massage at The Woodhouse Day Spa - Streets At SouthGlenn!

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