For more than 120 years, experts have been researching the benefits of massage therapy, and besides the obvious stress-free feeling that people have following a massage, there are plenty of other benefits to this ancient healing procedure.
One major benefit of massage therapy that researchers have found is that people who get massages on a regular basis have noticed a decrease in their blood pressure.
Massages also help to alleviate the pain of those who suffer from migraine headaches.
Massage can also: reduce your heart rate, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, relax your muscles, improve your range of motion, and increase endorphins.
Research has also shown that while massage therapy does not increase your muscle strength, it can stimulate your weak and inactive muscles and can thereby aid muscles that you may not have worked out in quite some time.
Massage therapy can also speed up your recovery process if you do have an injury.
Some other physical benefits of massage therapy include: relieving muscle tension and stiffness, alleviating discomfort during pregnancy, reducing
muscle spasms, promoting deeper and easier breathing, enhancing the health and nourishment of your skin, and improving your posture.
Massage therapy, while a physical act, is not all about physical benefits. There are plenty of mental benefits that having a massage can give you.
Some of these mental benefits include: promoting mental alertness, relieving mental stress, reducing levels of anxiety, improving motor skills, creating body awareness, and fostering a feeling of well being.