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A regular massage at Essentials Massage & Facials of Trinity is a great way to reduce general stress or help speed recovery from an specific injury. Did you know that there are additional health benefits to be gained from scheduling regular massages? Here are six important reasons to have regular massages:
Immune System Support
Many studies have shown regular massages support immune system function and decrease stress-related hormones that can lower immunity. For example, New Jersey researchers found college students who were suffering from stress about an upcoming exam had improved immune system function and reduced anxiety after a massage. Another study found that a single, 45-minute massage led to a small reduction in the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the blood, a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and an increase in white blood cells that fight infection.
Improved Mental Health and Wellness
A calm mind is encouraged by massage along with a completely relaxed body. This, in turn, helps regulate hormones in a beneficial way. The decrease in cortisol and increase in serotonin and dopamine provided by the massage can reduce anxiety and depression, in addition to stress. Massage can be an effective complement to traditional mental health therapies.
Regular massages are an effective stress management technique. Stress is often caused by being over-committed and overwhelmed with home, work and family obligations. A weekly or bi-weekly massage forces you to take time out for yourself for a pleasurable, relaxing activity. It also encourages you to set aside your to-do list and clear your mind, helping put mind and body back into balance. Massage also helps reduce fatigue and improves the quality of sleep.
Joint flexibility is increased, and muscle tension relieved, easing aches and pain. Massage also triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers produced by the body, reducing the intensity of pain. Improved circulation comes into play here, as well, to assist with healing. Less medication may be needed if regular massages reduce pain sufficiently.
Improved Physical Fitness
Circulation is enhanced by massage, which assists with muscle recovery and healing after exercise. Muscle stretching done as part of the massage can also help prevent injury, improving range of motion and flexibility. A good massage acts to improve performance, reduce pain, encourage focus and shorten recovery time.
Office workers who spend their days hunched over a desk can often see the impact it makes on posture. A sore neck, tight shoulders and low-back pain all result in decreased a range of motion. Massage can help stretch and relax the muscles in those inflamed areas. Posture will gradually improve as the muscles around the spine become more flexible and less tense.
Schedule an appointment for a massage at Essentials Massage & Facials of Trinity to experience the healing benefits of massage for yourself!
What is Body Work?
Body Work is a form of alternative medicine that combines various massage techniques. Body Work can:
◾Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
◾Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
◾Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
◾Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
◾Increase joint flexibility.
◾Lessen depression and anxiety.
◾Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
◾Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
◾Reduce spasms and cramping.
◾Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
◾Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
◾Relieve migraine pain