Why Get a Massage?
Imagine a long day of standing on cement floors, lifting heavy boxes, or sitting at a desk. Your back is killing you, there is a sharp pain in your shoulder, and your temples are throbbing. Fatigue, repetitive motion, muscle strain, or staying in one position for an extended amount of time could cause any or maybe all of these symptoms.
It’s your body’s way of saying, “slow down and take it easy”. How you respond to these symptoms determines how you will feel. What if your stress, pain, tension, and fatigue could be purged from your body through therapeutic massage? Would you get one? There are many reasons a person may desire or need a massage. The above example covers 80-90% of the cases a massage therapist sees. However, there many good reasons to get a massage.
- Reduces lower back pain and other bodily aches.
- Helps sooth infants and promotes digestion.
- Increases range of motion in joints.
- Decreases illness-related fatigue.
- Calms aggressive behaviours.
- Decreases depression and helps to promote a healthy mind.
- Helps your immunity by increasing white blood cell counts.
- Improves recovery after post-operative surgery.
- Alleviates age-related disorders, sleep disorders, and many more emotional and physical problems.
During a massage, the massage therapist works the tension out of stiff and sore muscles, encouraging their patient to relax. This may help the person receiving the massage on many levels: muscles feel relaxed and are no longer sore, there is relaxation and reduced tension, and the muscles loosen, allowing a larger range of motion.
Studies performed by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami indicated that the immune systems improved in children who were massaged daily by their parents; the children’s white blood cell counts increased. Therapeutic massage is used as a treatment for many illnesses and during the recovery period after surgery.
Scientists believe that this deep, healing massage can trigger the release of certain chemicals in the body that helps combat illnesses and speeds recovery.