Making self-care a priority? Massage can be a part of a pro-active plan of preventative medicine much in the same way as regular exercise and healthy eating.
5 very good reasons why you should consider adding regular massage to your wellness routine:
1. Stress Reduction – We spend every year thousands of pounds and significant time seeking relief from illness. Many of which are stress related, like depression, heart disease, diabetes and CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Adding regular massage to your current health-care routine has been proven to reduce stress, which reduces illness. Several studies have measured the stress hormone called cortisol and found massage decreases cortisol levels dramatically. Cortisol is produced when you are stressed, and kills important cells needed for immunity. So, when massage reduces your stress levels (and the cortisol) in your body, it may help you avoid getting sick.
2. Relief for Chronic Illness – Massage often relieves symptoms of chronic disease or illness such as CFS (Chronic fatigue Syndrome) and cancer.
3. Strengthens Your Immune System – Massage therapy boosts immune system by stimulating natural killer cells. Since therapeutic massage decreases cortisol that destroys natural killer cells, your immune system gets a boost. An increase in white blood cells and natural killer-cell activity better prepares the body to fight off possible invading cells. Massage even boosts immunity in those people with severely compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients.
4. Relief from Injury – Are you a weekend warrior or recovering from surgery? Regular massage can help you get back on your feet quicker. Massage improves blood circulation. When you have more efficient blood circulation, oxygen and other nutrients are distributed throughout the body better. This helps in repairing tissue and hastens the recovery process.
5. Lowers Blood Pressure – Receiving massage on a regular basis has a positive effect on blood pressure problems. Massage can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which results in regulating your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure.
From working-out in the gym, and beginner athletes to elite professionals, massage therapy has shown to have major benefits regardless of the participant’s fitness level. Athletes seeking enhanced performance, improved conditioning, faster recovery, injury prevention and assistance in maintaining peak fitness can benefit from massage therapy.
Massage has been shown to have myriad positive effects including:
By combining your exercise routine with massage therapy, you will be able to train longer and harder and make the most of your workout.