Professional athletes know the benefits to a great massage after training or a grueling game. Business professionals also know about the value of massages when they become too stressed out with work. With all the benefits that a great massage brings, why not try it?
Massages are definitely not just for women. More and more men are seeing the benefits to a massage because it helps in the productivity of a person—this is why fortune 500 companies hire masseuses for their employees. We want our body and mind to function at 100% and a massage is a great way to achieve this goal.
Relaxed in your birthday suit and laying under a sheet is how it starts. Soon you will be filled with a sense of relaxation as the inspiring music fills your eardrums with pleasure. Your sense of smell also begins to open up to all the wonderful aromas your massage therapist has for you. Everything from the massage oil being warmed in your therapist’s hands to the scented candles will smell amazingly pleasant.
The pain from working everyday and the soreness from your worked-out muscles are asking your body for relief. For 60 minutes you comply to this urge by relaxing and letting loose, hoping the 60 minutes turns into 3 hours.
It has been proven that massages can do more for you than you think. It’s been linked to beating cancer, helping with sleep, improving digestion, raising your mood and healing your body at a fast rate. A massage, because of its relaxation and stress relievers, also helps with anxiety and blood pressure. For athletes, it helps them recover faster by improving blood circulation that is needed for the bumps and grinds of workouts.
Because of the connection between your body and mind, a happy body will increase your concentration and lower fatigue.
Reasons To Get A Massage:
- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
- Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles.
- Reduces spasms and cramping.
- Increases joint flexibility.
- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
- Releases endorphins—the body’s natural painkiller—and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.
- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.
Today, getting a massage is a lot cheaper with services like Groupon and Living Social. You can get great massages at a very good price and there is no reason why anyone can’t take part in one at least twice a year. If you’re a student, get a massage during finals week so you can study better. If you’ve run out of date ideas there are couples massages—also at great prices through Groupon and
Living Social. Trust me when I tell you that your significant other will thank you and so will your body.