The end of another year can be a source of stress and anxiety for many: it is a time filled with increased travel and spending during the holiday season, as well as a time of reflection on goals and accomplishments achieved or not met before the start of a new year. As 2018 comes to a close, set aside a day for self-care, and for the release of all tensions, fears, and regrets that you wish to leave behind before entering 2019.
Massage therapy is one of the most rewarding self-care gifts you can give yourself; it has numerous benefits for improving your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Among its many attributes, massage therapy can help relieve insomnia, pacify tension headaches, ease chronic pain, lower blood pressure, release toxins from the body, and loosen muscles for greater exercise gains. Here is what even just one massage can do for you:
- Reduce stress. When the body is under stress it produces the hormone cortisol, also called the stress hormone. Too much cortisol in the body can lead to weight gain, a weakened immune system, gastrointestinal issues, insomnia, headaches, and mood swings. A good massage decreases cortisol levels and induces feelings of calm and relaxation, which lets the body move from high-stress mode into recovery mode.
- Relieve pain. A massage sends endorphins coursing through the body and boosts dopamine and serotonin levels. These natural painkillers help manage pain, calm nerves, and promote healing. The release of feel-good hormones can also give you a sense of euphoria or ecstasy. Additionally, massages can provide relief to trigger points in the body, before they erupt into pain down the road.
- Relax muscles. Many athletes value a good massage to unknot tight muscles caused by strenuous exercise programs. Massages relieve muscle tension, increase flexibility, and ease swelling and stiffness in muscles that can lead to pain. The hands-on pressure is especially helpful if you experience muscle soreness – it improves circulation and sends more blood flowing to congested places and damaged muscle tissue. This in turn allows new oxygen and nutrients to reach the affected areas and begin the healing process.
- Release toxins. The pulling, twisting, and squeezing from massages releases lactic acid that accumulates in muscles and causes fatigue and soreness. The hands-on pressure also increases blood circulation, which allows fresh oxygen to reach your muscles and flush out lactic acid. Kneading, pressurized hand movements also stimulate lymphatic drainage – the process of draining toxins from cells to make room for the nutrients that are needed for growth and health.
- Realign the body. Chronic back pain is the number one reason for people calling out sick to work. Desk jobs with long periods of sitting often lead to poor posture, misaligned muscles, and tension in the neck and shoulders. Physical imbalances related to poor posture often manifest as pain and weakness in the low back and gluteal muscles. But massages help loosen muscles and ease tension, which realigns the spine and body, improves posture, and increases flexibility and range of motion.
Along with the above, massages are touted for their emotional and mental benefits as well: this hands-on therapy can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, soothe trigger points for hostility, anger, and tension, improve mood and energy, and promote full-body relaxation and peace. Think of how it feels to be embraced a good hug – as human beings, we connect and thrive on the power of touch. Massages create an environment in which human touch brings comfort, ease, and calm. Ageless Allure Medispa offers a range of massage choices, to meet your specific needs and goals. Click here to peruse our options and then call the spa at 863-292-2317 to book a session.