5 Great Reasons to get a Massage

By Jonathan Lund

The holidays are here and this time of year is all about giving and making other people’s holiday wishes come true. But what about you? What have you done for yourself lately? Certainly it wouldn’t hurt to treat yourself while you are taking care of everyone else. There are so many benefits to massage therapy, and during the holidays we recommend booking a massage while you’re out and about! Here are five great reasons to get a massage this holiday season:

  1. Massage reduces stress and promotes relaxation. When the body is tense and under stress, it produces unhealthy levels of the well-known stress hormone, cortisol, which can contribute to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and headaches. Massage therapy has been shown to decrease cortisol levels in the body. This enables the body to enter a recovery mode. Moreover, this form of therapy also triggers lasting feelings of relaxation, improved mood, and reduced stress levels.
  2. Massage reduces muscle tension. When the temperature drops, muscles get tight. It happens every year. The warm loose muscles of the summer months are long gone and achy backs/hips/knees have arrived. Massage will warm up those muscles and joints and help relieve your pain.
  3. Massage can speed muscle recovery time. You’ve been shopping all day, you’re carrying heavy bags, putting up lights, carrying boxes out of the crawl space, cleaning your house, etc. Your body isn’t used to standing while baking cookies for 10 hours, or spending a day on a ladder putting up your lights. You’re bound to get some kinks along the way. Massage therapy can help you recover faster.
  4. Massage boosts the immune system. As temperatures start to drop and we have to start scraping frost off of our windshields, it’s important to have healthy immune systems. Receiving regular massages has been shown to improve immune system function and help ward off seasonal illnesses like colds and the flu. Massage therapy helps increase activity of the body’s white blood cells, resulting in stronger immune systems and healthier living.
  5. Massage Can Help Lower Blood Pressure – Regular massage therapy sessions have been found to reduce blood pressure levels. In fact, some long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can reduce both systolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number) blood pressure. Furthermore, consistent massage sessions can also reduce trigger sources for anxiety, hostility, tension, and depression. In turn, lower blood pressure levels can also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and/or kidney failure, as well as many other health issues.

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