So, what's stopping you?
We have 10 reasons right here that will inspire you to visit your massage therapist today...
1. Massage helps to treat certain health conditions~
Massage therapy can help with several common health conditions, some that you might already know about and others that may come as a surprise to you. If you suffer with constant back, leg and neck pain; muscle tension and spasm, a good massage will send you on the route to feeling relief. Some musculoskeletal conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome can also be helped by massage, as can the symptoms of chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis and some digestive disorders.
2. Massage helps to improve circulation~
Massage therapy is great for boosting blood circulation, which helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients around the body more efficiently.
3. Massage can increase lymphatic flow~
Your lymphatic system is a network of tubes and lymph nodes running throughout your body which make up an important part of the immune system. It helps to fight bacteria and other infections, and a healthy lymph flow also helps clear toxins from your body.
4. Massage can give your immune system a boost~
Massage is known to boost the production of lymphocytes - the white blood cells which help fight off disease. Although a massage can't guarantee you'll never get another cold, there has been research that suggests it helps the body to fight infections and reduce the severity and duration of bugs and minor illnesses.
5. Massage can speed up post-injury healing~
If you've overdone it or hurt yourself accidentally, you'll be glad to know that massage doesn't just help reduce muscle soreness and stiffness, it can also break up scar tissue, freeing up movement and enhancing your recovery.
6. Massage can help to increase your range of motion~
Another thing that a great massage therapist can do is use techniques that stimulate the production of lubricants between connective tissues, which improves mobility, flexibility and balance.
7. Massage can help you to improve your posture~
Massage helps to train your muscles, which improves the posture of your body as well as correcting any imbalances caused by sitting for long periods - which are common in people who sit at a desk all day.
8. Massage could give you a better night's sleep~
If insomnia is your bedfellow, try a massage. Massage can help to balance out your sleep patterns and overcome insomnia and the fatigue that goes with not getting enough sleep.
9. Massage can make you feel happier~
The action of massaging the skin stimulates alpha brain waves, which are associated with relaxation, and promotes the release of endorphins - the body's "feel-good" chemicals.
10. Massage can help you to de-stress~
Massage is known to help reduce cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone (that contributes to belly fat production), so elevated levels are not good for your body at all! At the same time, massage has been shown to boost serotonin and dopamine levels, making you feel more relaxed and happy.
Have we convinced you to book that appointment yet?