The Emotional Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy has many health benefits, which you may already be aware of, but it's amazing what massage therapy can also do for you emotionally. Just an hour each week of massage therapy can go a long way to improving your mind as well as your body.
Relaxed Body and Mind
Many of us are so busy with work that by the time the weekend comes, we have to spend it catching up with everything we’ve missed out on during the week. You might feel like you don’t have time to go for a massage.
Every so often you should make time to give yourself a couple of hours off and relax entirely. Having a massage could allow you to forget about the day-to-day hustle and bustle and get some peace and quiet instead, leaving you refreshed and ready for Monday morning.
Sometimes massage therapy can help you get more sleep at night. Of course, the more sleep you get, the more awake you’ll feel. Everything feels a lot better after a good night’s sleep so it’s well worth investing in rest.
Also, research shows that massage therapy aids blood flow, which helps deliver oxygen to all of the body’s cells, which in turn helps boost your energy levels.
Working life can often bring on stress and fatigue, which in turn can put a strain on your body. This could leave you with a lot of tension built up in your muscles. Relieving this tension will quite literally take the stress off your back and shoulders. Relieving tension from your body can often leave you stress free and mentally refreshed.
Emotional and physical pressure on your body can make you lose focus from work, social life and everything else that’s important to you. If your body is tense and your muscles constantly feel tight, you’re also risking becoming ill and putting your body in an even worse condition.
Make sure that you treat yourself to a massage that will give you the most benefits. When your body feels healthy, you can focus more on other things.
Protect Your Mental Health
If you suffer with physical anxiety symptoms in your body, then massage therapy may be perfect for you. It’s been proven that a massage can increase the levels of oxytocin and serotonin in your body, which makes you feel less stressed.
Research has in fact shown that massage therapy can help with depression and anxiety. A team of experts from Kyushu University in Japan actually confirmed that massage therapy activated participants’ sympathetic nervous system, reducing their anxiety and improving their mood.