Getting a massage is a great way to pamper yourself and enjoy some relaxation time. However, few people know that there are a number of health benefits of massage that go beyond the simple pleasure of “me time.” Indulging in a pampering massage from time to time is of course very relaxing, and “me time” is important to a lot of people, but the health benefits of massage can heal your body, mind, and spirit by:
- Relieving stress and anxiety
- Soothing aching muscles and joints
- Releasing endorphins
- Improving skin health
At Marilyn Monroe Spas, our massage therapists are trained in a variety of techniques, and will work with each individual client to achieve their desired results. Keep reading to learn more about the ways that massage can help and heal.
Relieve Stress and Anxiety
It is no secret that getting a massage can help a person who is stressed out decompress and relax. It’s not as widely known that sufferers from anxiety and depression can see their symptoms improve with regular massages. Calming music, soft touch, and comfortable linens can soothe the mind, helping someone with anxiety or depression to feel a sense of calm.
Some studies have even found that massage can affect the body’s biochemistry, lowering levels of cortisol—the hormone that contributes to stress, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar—by up to 53%.
Soothe Aching Muscles and Joints
When you are suffering from a sore back or sore muscles, taking a break from life to get a massage can bring you immediate relief. This soothing effect is even more pronounced in massage clients who live with chronic pain from things like arthritis or fibromyalgia. In addition, people with injuries to joints or muscles, including athletes, can benefit from a professional soothing and working of these problem areas.
The calming feeling of a massage on muscles and joints is certainly not just for clients with illness or injury. Getting a massage just because it’s enjoyable and relaxes your body is a treat that many people enjoy regularly.
Endorphins are the magical neurotransmitters that block pain signals and make you feel happy. Our bodies release endorphins after any number of activities including exercising, eating hot peppers, and, of course, getting a massage.
There are many, well-documented benefits of human touch, which can be anything from a massage, to a handshake, to a hug. Human touch makes us happier, less aggressive, better at learning, and less likely to get sick. Endorphins that are released during massage contribute to our overall well-being.
A massage is more than just a fifty-minute escape from daily life. A massage offers so many health benefits—from relieving stress, to soothing muscles, to making us happy—that it is easy to justify this indulgence. Visit Marilyn Monroe Spas to reap the benefits of a massage from a trained professional.
On top of that, you can bring a little bit of the luxury home with some of our organic, yet decadent, Marilyn Monroe body care products.