We are all exhausted from our day-to-day life. We deal with different issues and have to go through different problems at work, with family, etc. In short, we go through different ordeals in life that sometimes make us exhausted and stressed. Each individual has their own way of coping with their stress. One of the most common ways to destress is to get a good massage. In the days of desk jobs and computer dependence, it is more important than ever for us to receive a massage on a regular basis.
Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many ancient people – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments.
It is the practice of manipulating a person’s muscles and other soft tissue in order to improve their well-being or health. It is a form of manual therapy that includes holding, moving, and applying pressure to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc.
A recent study made by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed that one of the benefits of massage is its ability to reduce levels of cortisol by over 53%. The study also showed that massage increases your body’s dopamine and serotonin levels; these are the “happy” chemicals released by your body when it is relaxed.
A few of the many benefits of getting a regular massage are reduced stress, depression, anxiety, relief from headaches, increased regularity in digestion, improved sleep, tissue repair in injuries, managing back pains, etc. In fact, there are many different types of massage and not all of these benefits will be felt in a single massage session which is why it is best to speak with your therapist about the needs you are hoping to meet from every session.
Regular massage session is beneficial for us. 1-3 sessions in a month is a good way of taking care of our body. There is the simple fact that massage feels good and allows you to take time out for yourself without the distractions of technology and work. It is more than relaxation. It is one way of healing and taking care of our bodies.