5 Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Massage!
We all know massages are a nice treat, but what if I could convince you that they serve more as a necessity than a luxury? Here are five reasons to schedule today!
Massage Reduces Stress
Stress, you can’t live with it, yet you can’t live without it… Or can you? Stress causes headaches, depression, insomnia, weakened immune system, high blood pressure, muscle tension, and more. So what do we do? Well one recommendation we live by here at SRT, is to treat yourself to a little well deserved self-care. Massage helps lower your stress hormone, cortisol, for a variety of reasons. Not only do massages allow you to have some much needed me-time, but the increase in blood flow and relaxing ambience combined with the oh-so-sweet muscle pain relief, allows your body to begin reducing stress while balancing your hormones along the way.
Combat Aches and Pains!
Maybe it’s your lower back, your right shoulder, or that kink in your neck you’ve had for who knows how long. Muscle tension can and does develop from a variety of activities but it’s safe to say that it is a product of just living your life. Going to the gym? Maybe you’re moving? Or maaaaybe your working from 9am-5pm while sitting on that dusty 20-year-old office chair? Great news! You are an excellent contender for muscular tension, soreness, and pain! Luckily, these problems are a massage therapist’s bread and butter. Through pressure, manipulation, and patience any problem area can be improved over time.
Increase ROM and Flexibility
Lack of activity, the absence of stretching, and our general leisure lifestyle leads to a not-so-bendy body. Having limited range of motion can come from a variety of elements but have no fear, your stiff knee has potential, I know that this may seem like a bold statement, but you Licensed Massage Therapist has your back (and knee). Massage can reduce muscle tightness and tension, Increasing flexibility and range of motion along the way. Through regular treatments with an LMT some of your most stubborn problem areas can and will be addressed.
Increase Heart Health
Oh… Matters of the heart. Despite being a symbol of romance, we all know that this essential organ doesn’t always get the love it deserves. So how do we battle high blood pressure and cardiac issues? You should definitely eat better, and exercise won’t hurt, but you may be surprised that massage serves a wonderful tool to place in your arsenal as you crusade towards a happy & healthy heart. In fact, studies suggest that after just one massage your blood pressure can be lowered up to three days after the session.
Finally get some Sleep
We all have those nights when our brain is just too stubborn to nod off. But this tip is for my night owls, my restless sleeper, my chronic insomniac’s. As we know, massage in distresses, alleviates discomfort and pain, increases blood flow, and overall relaxes the body. This relaxing nature combined with a release of serotonin (your calm hormone) seems to create one big sleep cure. So if that new Tempur-pedic pillow isn’t doing the trick, your SRT team is here to help!