5 Reasons You Should Get Regular Massages
Typically our health goals tend to revolve around generic concepts like losing weight, getting healthy, reading more, and so on; but we would like to suggest one tangible goal that you can set and easily achieve that will have an immediate impact on your health: start getting regular massages. Let’s take a closer look at 5 Reasons You Should Get Regular Massages.
#1: Massages are a great stress killer
Stress can cause tons of physical and emotional symptoms, including fatigue, headaches, anxiety, sleep problems, digestive issues and more. A massage is one of the top ways to reduce stress in your life, no matter what is causing it. In fact, studies have shown that including a massage as part of your self-care health plan will reduce stress and thus reduce the symptoms that go along with stress.
#2: Massages can strengthen your body’s immune system
The reason why massages reduce stress is because massages actually reduce the level of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone which destroys your body’s natural ‘killer cells,’ which are cells responsible for preventing and fighting off disease-causing pathogens. When you reduce the level of cortisol in your body, your body gains more killer cells, thus improving your immunity to all kinds of diseases and health problems. The cortisol-killing effect is one of the reasons why massages are often included as part of treatment for people with weakened immune systems.
#3: Massages can lower your blood pressure
Massages have been shown to help people lower their blood pressure when they are regularly received. High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart problems, heart attacks and even stroke. Although you should always consult with your doctor about treating your blood pressure, including massages as part of your broader blood pressure treatment will help you lower your blood pressure and keep it better stabilized.
#4: Massages provide relief from chronic illnesses
Massages are excellent for reliving pain and other symptoms caused by various illnesses, including chronic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as diseases such as cancer. Massages provide multiple types of relief for people with chronic illness, including anxiety reduction; pain reduction; nausea reduction; improved sleep patterns and reduced fatigue; and depression relief.
#5: Massages can help with injury recovery
Certain injuries may greatly benefit from regular massages, whether you are recovering from a knee surgery or simply twisted your ankle while jogging on the weekend. Massages help improve the blood circulation in your body, which in turn helps the body repair tissue faster and makes it easier to get back in the game. Setting up a series of regular massages is especially ideal for people with athletic careers or hobbies, where regular minor injuries are a regular occurrence.