Massage does wonders to calm and relax muscles, soothe your nervous system and improve your mood. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
â€¢ Decreased anxiety
â€¢ Enhanced sleep quality
â€¢ Greater energy
â€¢ Improved concentration
â€¢ Increased circulation
â€¢ Higher levels of serotonin and oxytocin, which result in lowered stress
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
â€¢ Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
â€¢ Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
â€¢ Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
â€¢ High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
â€¢ Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
â€¢ Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy youâ€™ll be and how youthful youâ€™ll remain with each passing year. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesnâ€™t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.