Are you a believer in massage?
I used to think that massages were an added luxury that only divas indulged in. That was until I developed chronic pain and had a series of orthopedic surgeries. Now, I know that I could not live without them. I also used to think that I did not have the money for massages. Now, I choose to invest in my health instead of in other things.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection. Did you know there are so many other benefits of massage?
These are the 10 most common benefits reported from massage therapy:
1. Reduce Stress
A relaxing day at the spa is a great way to unwind and de-stress. However, clients are sure to notice themselves feeling relaxed and at ease for days and even weeks after their appointments!
2. Improve Circulation
Loosening muscles and tendons allows increased blood flow throughout the body. Improving your circulation can have a number of positive effects on the rest of your body, including reduced fatigue and pain management!
3. Reduce Pain
Massage therapy is great for working out problem areas like lower back pain and chronic stiffness. A professional therapist will be able to accurately target the source of your pain and help achieve the perfect massage regimen.
4. Eliminate Toxins
Stimulating the soft tissues of your body will help to release toxins through your blood and lymphatic systems.
5. Improve Flexibility
Massage therapy will loosen and relax your muscles, helping your body to achieve its full range of movement potential.
6. Improve Sleep
A massage will encourage relaxation and boost your mood. Going to bed with relaxed and loosened muscles promotes more restful sleep, and you’ll feel less tired in the morning!
7. Enhance Immunity
Stimulation of the lymph nodes re-charges the body’s natural defense system.
8. Reduce Fatigue
Massage therapy is known to boost mood and promote better quality sleep, thus making you feel more rested and less worn-out at the end of the day
9. Alleviate Depression and Anxiety
Massage therapy can help to release endorphins in your body, helping you to feel happy, energized, and at ease.
10. Reduce post-surgery and post-injury swelling
A professional massage is a great way to safely deal with a sports injury or post-surgery rehabilitation.
It is also important to me that my massage therapist uses pure essential oils on my body during massage. The aromatic as well as the physical benefits create an all around amazing experience for the mind, body and soul.
Some of my favorite essential oils are:
- Lavender. Safe for all ages, massage into the skin to promote calmness.
- Ylang Ylang. Reduces effects of daily stress and leaves a soothing floral aroma.
- Cypress. Soothing when applied on its own, use with a citrus oil for an invigorating massage.
- Eucalyptus. Helps to create feelings of open airways.
- Lemongrass. The perfect massage oil to use after an especially intense workout.
- Marjoram. Used to target specific tired or stressed muscles.
- Deep Blue® Soothing Blend. A blend that is both cooling and comforting, it also comes as Deep Blue® Rub for a lotion-like application.