benefits of massage

Massage is not only relaxing – it has many surprising physical and emotional health benefits!

  1. Stress ManagementMany types of disease and conditions are brought on by stress. Massage has been proven to lower cortisol levels in the body while increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine. This helps to alleviate the stress and leave you feeling calm, relaxed and happy.

    Regular massage is an effective stress- management technique, it forces you to take time out of your business schedule to focus on yourself, your body and enjoying a relaxing activity.

  2. Improves Sleep Quality 

    Do you struggle to get a good night’s rest? Many health problems are caused by insufficient sleep, including weakened immune system, depression and anxiety. Massage is a wonderful way to help improve your sleep quality! Massage helps to boost serotonin levels in the body, helping your body to recharge and get the rest it needs. Sleep studies have shown a very strong link between weekly massages and reduced insomnia.

  3. Pain Relief and Management 

    Receiving regular massages can help with pain relief and managing chronic pain. It allows your massage therapist to concentrate on specific problem areas and stiff muscles, increasing blood circulation and promoting healing where needed. Massage can provide temporary relief from the pain caused by an acute sports injury, chronic conditions like arthritis or more general body aches caused by too much sitting.

  4. Provides Immune System SupportMany studies have shown regular massages support immune system function and decrease stress-related hormones that can lower immunity. Massage promotes the movement of lymph, your body’s natural defense system.

    2005 study found that women with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week found they were less depressed and angry, while a 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found massage boosted patients’ white blood cell counts, increasing the number of circulating lymphocytes – which in turn can boost immunity.

  5. Counteracts the Damage From Too Much Sitting 

    The average worker sits 8-9 hour a day either at a computer or while driving. This causes your shoulders to become pulled forward and rounded, upper and lower back muscles to become overstretched and weak. It can also cause advanced forms of postural stress, which “show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting.Coupled with a regular exercise routine, massage can help alleviate pain, and manage any postural deviations.

These are just a few of the wonderful health benefits of receiving regular massage treatments. To experience some of these benefits for yourself, book in for an appointment with Birgit Michels! Each treatment is fully customized to you – ensuring you receive the most benefit from each treatment.

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