For many of us, popping a pill is the easiest solution to many of our everyday maladies. It is no surprise since modern medical science has found a way to almost instantly cure even the most debilitating disease known to man. But this is far from perfect. Even the most potent medicines or surgical procedures have its share of side effects and complications. Thus the search for gentler and more natural treatments continues.
Massage therapy is just one of the many popular alternative treatments available today. It brings the power of touch to people who are suffering from sore muscles or a gentle way to relieve stress. The benefits of massage therapy however, go beyond relaxing tired muscles after a grueling workout or just another beauty treatment in your favorite spa.
Stress Reliever and Anti-depressant
Stress has been linked to many diseases. It also speeds up the aging process. The benefits of massage therapy are not just skin deep. Every stroke also helps your body release stress and relaxes your soul. Massage therapy reduces the levels of cortisol or stress hormone, uplifting your spirits and lowering blood pressure. Heart muscles relax and blood pressure return to normal. It can also encourage the release of serotonin and dopamine the body’s feel good hormones.
Enhances Sleep Quality
One of the most difficult things to do when we are getting a good massage is keeping ourselves from sleeping. Massage therapy could be a more relaxing and fun way of lulling ourselves to sleep. Studies have shown that massages have an effect on delta waves or those associated with deep sleep.
Improves Blood Circulation
Inflammation and pain are two of the body’s natural reaction during tissue or muscle injury. Massage therapy improves blood flow to the area by relaxing blood vessels. Better circulation helps much needed nutrients reach cells. Injuries heal much faster and help muscles recover for another day at the gym.
Improving blood circulation can have a positive effect on cardio vascular health. It reduces chances for elevated blood pressures decreasing the heart’s workload. By the relaxing the body, it puts less strain on the heart reducing your risks for developing cardio vascular diseases.
Enhances Brain Functioning
Reduces stress levels improved blood circulation to the brain all contributes to better brain functioning. People are able to concentrate and focus better without the cloud of stress. Relaxed moods also helps them maintain emotional stability especially people suffering from chronic depression.
Stimulate both physical and chemical responses in the body to reduce pain
Regular massage therapy sessions can help people from chronic pain. One example is its therapeutic effects on people suffering from arthritis. It can trigger the release of feel good hormones while gently easing pain in the affected areas with its soothing actions. It reduces inflammation by improving blood circulation.
Massage therapy can help people suffering from asthma or other pulmonary conditions. People with colds having difficult time breathing use more accessory muscles. These increases the workload on the muscles makes it harder to breathe. Massages eases and relaxes the muscles rejuvenating them for the task ahead.