It Promotes Muscle Relaxation
The purpose of massage therapy is to target the source of the body’s pain via eliminating tense muscles, increasing flexibility, and providing relaxation to the affected muscles as well as the body as a whole. Massage also promotes circulation to the affected or injured muscles, which increases nutrients and oxygen to the damaged tissues. In turn, this increased activity to the affected sites reduces stiffness and edema (swelling) in the muscles and joints, as well as increases flexibility to help reduce pain. Moreover, this form of therapy also releases endorphins (pain-killing hormones), which boost the dopamine and serotonin levels in the body. These hormones assist the body in many ways–physically as well as emotionally. Case in point, they promote healing, pain management, and feelings of euphoria, as well as help to calm the nerves.
What type of massage should I choose?
If it’s your first time, it’s worth considering a classic Swedish Massage. Using a combination of long, flowing strokes and variable pressure, it has something for everyone. Make sure to let your therapist know what you want both before and during the session.
If you don’t want to remove your clothes, a Reflexology Foot Massage can help you to relax and reset without being too invasive. It uses points on your feet which correspond to all the different organs within your body. .
Massage should be used in combination with a healthy lifestyle that contains exercise, wise nutritional choices and a good amount of sleep. Ensure that you are doing what you need to do to reduce your stress levels; whether that’s going to yoga, meditating or taking a long walk.