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Five Reasons to Get a Massage

Thursday, February 2, 2012 by admin

This is a guest post by Robin Ray, licensed massage therapist and Triple Threat Tough sponsor.

Most of us have experienced that warm-fuzzy feeling after receiving a great massage, but do you know what the true benefits of massage therapy are? Massage therapy can not only provide relaxation and relief to muscle strain and fatigue, but may also improve your health. There are many benefits to massage therapy including physical, emotional, and physiological improvements in the body.

Based on my experience as a licensed massage therapist, here are my top five reasons for getting a massage.

Relieves Pain

I have found that one of the biggest reasons people get massages is to relieve pain. Whether it’s chronic pain from an illness or soreness from exercising or training, massage therapy can help relieve pain in a noninvasive manner. Depending on your health, level of pain, and exercise routine, there are various types of massages to trigger certain tissues and relieve different levels of pain. Massages provide pain relief through applied pressure, muscle relaxation, and increased circulation. With regular massage therapy sessions, patients can reduce muscle cramps, spasms, and stiffness and prevent headaches and backaches.

Releases Stress

Stress affects everyone in one way or another, but if you’re like one of the millions of people who deal with it every day, you’ve got to manage it. One of the best ways to relieve stress and keep stress-hormone levels in control is to get regular massages. Not only can you experience relaxation and serenity during a massage, but you can also experience reduced pain and stress with every rub, stroke, and knead on your achy muscles. Massage therapy also raises the body’s production and release of endorphins that enhance your mood and boost immunity. Reducing your stress levels will do wonders for your current mental and physical health, while reducing your potential of developing diseases or stress-related conditions.

Increases Circulation

Regular massage therapy will get your blood flowing and stimulate the lymphatic systems. When the massage therapist applies pressure to stimulate the muscles, your circulatory system is hard at work pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and organs. Increased circulation improves blood flow, removes waste away from muscles and internal organs, lowers blood pressure, and improves overall body function. Massage causes more oxygen to flow in the body, which helps the body to revive and re-build itself. Certain massage techniques will improve the flow of lymph, a bodily fluid that fights infection and disease, as well as drain excess lymph through manual drainage (feel free to ask me about this).

Relaxes Muscles and Mind

Considering the number of stressors that surround us every day, it can be difficult to allow our minds and bodies to fully relax. Massage therapy is one of the easiest ways to achieve a relaxed state of mind because you are free of responsibilities and control. Massage therapy can loosen and relax tense, overworked muscles by working out knots and pains that cause discomfort. In addition to relaxing your body, massage therapy calms your mind and allows you to reach a state of much-needed relaxation and serenity.

Rehabilitates Injuries

Physical therapy, occupational therapy and other forms of rehabilitation are important to the healing and recovery of injuries. But just because physical rehabilitation is over, doesn’t mean you won’t experience pain or additional injuries from the original problem area. This is where massage therapy fits in as a supplement to standard rehab. Massage therapy can help increase circulation, relax muscles, increase flexibility, improve posture, and reduce recovery time, while easing stress that may be intensified. Many elite athletes consider sports massage an essential part of their training and recovery routine. These athletes report that a sports massage helps them train more effectively, improve performance, prevent injury, and recovery quickly.

I hope these reasons will help you decide whether or not to get a massage or give you new reasons to have one. Why do you get massages? Share your experiences in the comments below.

 

Robin Ray is a Registered Massage Therapist who works with a variety of professionals including chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. She considers herself an “accidental triathlete,” having recently completed her first sprint distance race. She is also a sponsor of Triple Threat Tough. To schedule a massage with Robin, please call 214-669-8517.


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