5 Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage treatments are one of the most popular forms of pampering that you can get a spa. But did you know that massage therapy also helps your mind and body, in addition to making you feel relaxed and blissful? From helping to eliminate toxins in the body to releasing muscular tension, featured here are 5 fabulous benefits of massage therapy.

How Massage Therapy Helps You

1. Scientific studies conducted by leading psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience Doctors have proven that positive physical contact can actually help relieve stress, raise your serotonin levels (making you feel happier), and boost your overall sense of well-being. In addition, physical touch has been known to reduce symptoms of depression. [Source: Oprah.com]

2. Massage therapy (especially in the form of deep tissue massage or the Asian massage technique called Shiatsu), helps your body eliminate toxins by stimulating the circulation of blood flow. This is why massage therapists encourage you to keep yourself hydrated with water during and after the massage treatment, to aid in the digestive and toxic-release process.

3. Athletes and active people have been known to get regular massage treatments (at least once a month), because the act of massage helps minimize muscular fatigue, tension, and inflammation. By focusing on pressure points and sore spots on the body, a massage therapist can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with muscular exertion and strain.

4. When used in combination with Chiropractic adjustments (which re-aligns your back and neck by manually adjusting your vertebrae), massage therapy can help minimize on-going ailments and physical problems, such as low back pain, hip misalignment, and head/neck strains.

5. Last, but certainly not least, getting a massage is a fabulous way to pamper yourself. Spending quality time taking care of your body is a form of positive reinforcement to your mind. By giving yourself time to relax, rejuvenate, and unwind, you help relieve mental and emotional stress and anxiety. This not only makes you feel more balanced and centered, it also helps remind you that you are your first priority. This is key to living a healthy, happy life.

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[Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only.]

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