When was the last time you treated yourself to massage therapy? Yes, a massage is a treat. But not in the same way that a piece of candy is a treat. Oh no, it’s much more like a superfood protein shake after an invigorating workout. It’s the kind of treat that your body not only craves, but it actually needs!
It’s time to start indulging in the treat that is massages. Or better yet, start viewing them as an essential part of your healthy routine. Read on to find out why:
1. Soothes Stress
Let’s start with the most obvious reason for getting a massage: it soothes stress. It promotes relaxation which is by no means an indulgence. In fact, stress can be quite harmful to your overall health. Stress is capable of causing headaches, insomnia, digestive issues, and weight gain. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can cause irritability, restlessness, lack of focus, and even drug and alcohol abuse among many other impactful issues. All of this can cause more stress and before you know it, you’ll find yourself stuck in a detrimental cycle.
A massage can significantly reduce the stress hormone, cortisol. Simultaneously it increases serotonin and dopamine, the hormones that essentially make you happy. In addition, the environment in which a massage is conducted is thoroughly relaxing and soothing. Here at Amberwood Terrace Chiropractic, we believe in the soothing powers of essential oils as well, which we use to enhance your massage.
2. Improves Circulation
The pressure from a massage increases blood flow, sending rich and healing blood to the area while removing lactic acid. Hence the heavenly feel of a massage. But the increased blood flow doesn’t end with the massage. Through regular massages, you will experience improved circulation overall. This promotes the kind of environment your body needs to heal itself by sending white blood cells throughout the body as needed. If you’re concerned about a certain virus attacking your body, a massage is an excellent way to not only stave off that virus, but rub away the stress it’s causing.
Additionally, healthy blood flow gives your lungs, heart, and muscles what they need to perform optimally. Healthy circulation allows your body to rid itself of waste from various organs efficiently so they can keep functioning well.
3. Promotes Immunity
A healthy immune system depends on a healthy body as much as the body depends on the immune system. When you’re regularly soothing stress and ensuring that your healing blood is circulating well, you’re paying your respects to your immune system. And it’ll reward you.
Not only that, you’re also lowering your blood pressure with massage therapy. High blood pressure has a direct link to heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and many other life-threatening concerns. If your immune system doesn’t have to spend all its time dealing with high blood pressure, it can better fight against foreign contaminates that may be floating around your environment. Message therapy promotes an immune system that is prepared and equipped for whatever comes its way!
Contact Amberwood Terrace Chiropractic today to schedule massage therapy into your regular healthy routine!