Do you consider that Spa-going is only about pampering yourself?
Massage is a general term for pressing and manipulating skin, muscles and ligaments from light stroking to deep pressure. While pampering is certainly part of the ritual, Massage and Hydrotherapy are medically proven treatments for daily stress, skin health and chronic pain.
The American College of Physicians, issued new guidelines for chronic lower back pain – recommending non-invasive, alternative approaches like acupuncture, massage, exercise, tai chi, heat wraps and mindfulness/yoga in alternative to prescription drugs.
Read on to find out the evidence based reasons to get a Massage and benefit from its cumulative and positive Biological Changes:
Helps fight Stress and Anxiety
By significantly decreasing the primary stress hormone – “Cortisol” – Massage therapies are effective and drug free alternatives to reduce anxiety and depression.
Improves the Immune System
By increases circulating Lymphocytes, the white blood cells that defend the body against disease, Massage helps boost the Immune System and reduce illness.
Reduce Inflammation and Pain
Swedish or structural Massage can reduce inflammation, ease sore muscles, help alleviate pain – such as chronic low back pain – and help the body recover.
Improves Vascular Function
By improving blood flow massage causes a vascular response that is independent of exercise, suggesting massage benefits people regardless of physical activity.
Numerous studies have researched this issue and accredit it to massage’s effect on “Delta Waves”, the kind of brain waves connected to deep sleep, according to Health Magazine.
Massage increases blood flow, which pumps up skin, encourages lymphatic drainage of toxins and adds vitality to a dull complexion.