You’ve heard that massage is good for you. Well, you absolutely heard correctly! If you’re curious about the positive effects of massage and wonder if the healing touch of our fabulous massage therapists could help to sort out your aches and pains, we have 10 reasons that will inspire you to take charge of your health and schedule with Berkana BodyWorks today.
1. MASSAGE CAN HELP YOU FEEL HAPPIER
The action of massaging the skin stimulates alpha brain waves, which are associated with relaxation and promote the release of endorphins. Endorphins are organic body chemicals that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. That’s why they’re referred to as the body’s “feel-good chemicals.”
2. MASSAGE CAN HELP YOU TO DE-STRESS
Feeling stressed? How can you not with all that is going on in the world? Massage is known to help reduce cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone, the fight or flight hormone, so elevated levels are not good for your body at all. Plus, it contributes to excess belly fat. Yuck! At the same time, massage has been shown to boost serotonin and dopamine levels by nearly 30%, helping you feel more relaxed, focused, and positive. Also, high stress wreaks havoc on the immune system, which leads to reason number three.
3. MASSAGE CAN GIVE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM A BOOST
Massage is known to increase the production of lymphocytes—the awesome white blood cells which help fight off disease. Although a massage can’t guarantee that you’ll never get another cold, there is research that suggests it helps the body fight infections and reduce the severity and duration of minor illnesses. A strong immune system makes you healthier and better able to handle the stress that inevitably comes your way.
4. MASSAGE CAN FACILITATE IMPROVED CIRCULATION
Massage therapy is great for facilitating better blood circulation. The blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the body. Massage helps the blood do its job more efficiently and thoroughly. The pressure created by massage moves blood and lymphatic fluid through congested areas. Lactic acid is also flushed from the tissues. A better functioning circulatory system results in lower blood pressure and improved body function.
5. MASSAGE CAN HELP INCREASE LYMPHATIC FLUID FLOW
Your lymphatic system is a complex system of tubes and lymph nodes running throughout your body and is independent of the circulatory system. The lymphatic system is a key component of your immune system. It helps to fight bacteria and other infections and eliminates them from the body. A healthy lymph flow also helps rid toxins from the body. Massage stimulates lymph flow, thus enabling the lymphatic system to do its job more effectively.
6. MASSAGE CAN BENEFIT PEOPLE WITH VARIOUS HEALTH CONDITIONS
Massage therapy can help with several common health conditions. If you suffer from constant back, leg, and neck pain or muscle tension and spasm, a good massage will get you on the road to feeling relief. Also, some musculoskeletal conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome can be helped by massage. Chronic conditions like scoliosis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and some digestive disorders can benefit from regular massage. While not curative, the aches and pains from chronic illnesses can be minimized and oftentimes eliminated with regular massage.
7. MASSAGE CAN SPEED UP POST-INJURY HEALING
If you’ve overdone it or accidentally hurt yourself, you’ll be glad to know that massage doesn’t just help to reduce muscle soreness and stiffness, it can also break up scar tissue restrictions, freeing up movement and enhancing your recovery.
8. MASSAGE CAN HELP TO INCREASE YOUR RANGE OF MOTION
Another cool thing that our talented massage therapists at Berkana can do is use techniques that stimulate the production of lubricants between connective tissues and loosen tight muscular restrictions which improve flexibility and balance.
9. MASSAGE CAN HELP TO IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE
Massage helps 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.
10. MASSAGE CAN ASSIST YOU WITH A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP
Trouble sleeping—try a massage. Massage can help balance out your sleep patterns and overcome insomnia, as well as the fatigue you feel when you don’t get enough quality sleep. Massage truly is a beneficial and necessary wellness tool. We look forward to seeing you on one of our tables soon!