With all the things we have to do every single day, it’s no wonder we feel tired and worn out almost all of the time. Today’s hectic and demanding lifestyles make it even worse – we are expected to perform to our utmost, not only in the workplace, but also in our personal lives.
So if you are one of the many who simply want to escape, even for just a few hours, go ahead – you deserve it. And one of the best ways to escape from our daily stresses, short of going on holiday to Bora-Bora, is to get a relaxing massage.
A massage is known to have plenty of benefits. If you have sore and aching muscles from sports activities or from a workout, a massage can do wonders for your body. But there are other benefits to be gained from a massage, which are outlined below:
Relieve your anxiety
We are all faced with stressful situations now and again, and often, we can manage them quite well. But if you feel that you simply cannot take it anymore and are besieged by worry, a massage can be just what you need. Massages have been proven to reduce the level of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and if this is reduced and replaced by dopamine and serotonin (which is stimulated by a massage as well), then you can face another day’s challenges with a better outlook.
If you are having some difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, then a massage may be a good idea. If you’ve ever had a massage before, you know what I mean – sometimes, we can’t resist nodding off whilst on the massage table! So if you would like to have better sleep, get a massage. Some studies have shown that a good massage has effects on delta waves, which are those brain waves related to a good night’s rest. Even better: have a massage at night, so all you have to do is slip under the covers once it’s done.
Believe it or not, some studies have linked a good, invigorating massage to better and younger-looking skin, a healthier complexion, and even more beautiful, luscious hair. This is because a massage naturally promotes blood flow, which has an effect of making the skin look plumper and fresher. A massage also promotes the release of toxins from the body through lymphatic drainage. Even a simple facial or scalp massage can make all the difference.
Improve your immune system
A massage has also been known to improve one’s immune system. Some small studies have shown that a massage is a great way to increase your white blood cell count, which fights diseases. Also, since a massage is known to reduce stress, you will automatically feel better and healthier as well.