Some people get a massage once a year or every few months. But, experts recommend getting a massage at least once a month. I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t that spoiling yourself too much? Do you really need a massage at least once a month?” Yes, you really do need a massage at least once a month. While getting a massage is a form of pampering yourself, it also gives you a ton of health benefits, such as the ones explained below:
1.) Helps Stress Management
Who would have thought that getting a massage is relaxing? Of course everyone knows that getting a massage is one of the easiest ways to relax. But, many people aren’t aware of why and how a massage is relaxing.
Two hormones known as adrenaline and cortisol, which are used in our fight vs. flight responses, are released during stress. Sometimes, our body releases too much of these hormones, which results in a prolonged reaction. In other words, we remain stressed for a long period of time, and this often weighs heavily on our mental and physical help.
But, a massage promotes the release of two hormones that combat adrenaline and cortisol: serotonin and dopamine. The more your body becomes accustomed to releasing serotonin and dopamine during a massage, the more it will begin to release it on its own. Therefore, you will be able to manage stress better.
2.) Manages Pain
Massages have been proven to reduce pain. Similarly to managing stress, massages target specific hormones and responses that are involved with causing pain. Research has shown that massages can even reduce your need to use painkillers for pain management by over 30%. And with prescription painkillers being one of the leading causes for drug overdoses in America, it’s better to opt for a massage to manage your pain.
3.) Enhances Exercise Performance
If you look closely before and after sport games, you often see professional athletes getting a quick massage. This is because massages enhance exercise performance and recovery time. Your massage therapist can teach you tips and tricks on how you can massage your arms and legs before working out to promote flexibility and limit the risk of injuring your muscles. Make sure to get a professional massage at least once a month to target any muscle strains that have developed over time.
4.) Improves Circulation
A healthy blood flow benefits your skin and lymphatic system. While plastic surgery prevents your skin from aging, regular massages can slow down the aging process and give you a radiant glow. In addition to improving the appearance of your skin, a healthy blood flow will ensure your lymphatic system is working properly to deliver important nutrients to your body and get rid of any toxins. Ultimately, a healthy lymphatic system will minimize fatigue and maximize energy.