The hustle and bustle of the holiday is over. The New Year is here, time for some stress relief to start your year off right! What better way to start the New Year than with a massage? Wouldn’t you like to be more relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed?
Aside from how great it feels, massage has a multitude of benefits. Here are some benefits you may or may not know:
- Reduce pain, spasms, muscle cramping and inflammation
- Strengthen your Immune System by increasing lymphatic flow
- Relax and repair overused, stressed, and fatigued muscles
- Relax and strengthen muscles associated with the pain and discomfort pregnancy may cause
- Strengthen and contract overstretched and atrophied muscles
- Assist any level athlete prepare and recover from workouts and sporting events
- Improve circulation which is wonderful from your skin to you internal organs
- Improve and increase joint mobility
- Reduce depression and anxiety
- Reduce scar tissue, making for a more functional flexible scar from surgery or injury
- Relieve migraine pain and symptoms
- Improve concentration and mood
- Increase energy
- Improve quality of sleep
- Lower medication dependence
- Level blood sugars
- Lower blood pressure
For all of these amazing benefits to take place, there are a myriad of physiological, psychological and chemical reactions that will go on in your body from the first therapeutic massage stroke to the last in any massage session. Some of the changes that take place occur in your nervous system. There are two main parts of your nervous system, the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. The sympathetic is the alert, “fight or flight” section that allows you to spring into action when necessary, especially in a stressful situation. Your blood vessels narrow, heart rate goes up, breathing increases, muscles tense and pupils dilate, adrenaline pumps all for the perfect combination to react. The parasympathetic is the rest and digest section that allows your body to heal and recover from times of work and stress, just like when you are at rest, sleeping.
Massage helps by bringing your body to this rest and digest state while still conscious in a safe relaxing environment. Where your peristalsis (digestion) increases, blood vessels dilate, blood pressure lowers, heart rate drops, and breathing slows down for a more relaxed rejuvenated, renewed you!
Don’t delay make a massage appointment today!